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Published on : Monday, July 4, 2016
At least 125 people have been killed and more than 150 people were injured after a car bomb exploded on a busy street in the Karrada district, Baghdad. Islamic State group has taken the responsibility of this ghastly attack.
Families had been gathering hours after they broke the fast for the holy Muslim month of Ramadan and prepared for Eid al-Fitr — the day that marks the end of the holiday this week. People were loitering, shopping and were involved in the regular casual activities when the bomb-laden truck plowed into a building housing a coffee shop, stores and a gym. The wounded and trapped people in adjacent buildings were rescued by fire fighters. A second bomb also exploded at about midnight in a predominantly Shia area north of the capital, killing another five people.
25 children and 20 women were killed and according to 25 a senior Iraqi official, the death toll can rise.
ISIS promised an uptick in terror attacks during Ramadan.
The bombing in Karrada is the deadliest in Iraq this year and comes a week after Iraqi security forces recaptured the city of Falluja from Islamic State (IS) militants. Just after the deadly massacres at a cafe in Dhaka, Bangladesh, the Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul, and security targets in Yemen, Baghdad also bleed during the holy month of Ramadan. There have also been recent suicide attacks in Jordan at a border crossing near Syria, and suicide attacks in a Christian area of northern Lebanon. All these terror attacks, apart from the immediate loss also affect the long term development goals.