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IS-claimed suicide car bombing in Baghdad kills 119 people

A suicide car bombing claimed by the Islamic State group ripped through a busy Baghdad shopping district Sunday, killing at least 119 people in the deadliest attack this year in Iraq’s capital.

The blast hit the Karrada neighbourhood in the early hours of the day, as the area was packed with shoppers after sundown ahead of this week’s holiday marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramazan.

It came a week after Iraqi security forces recaptured the city of Fallujah from IS, leaving Mosul as the only Iraqi city under the jihadists’ control.

The bombing also wounded more than 130 people, security and medical officials said.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi visited the site of the bombing and vowed “punishment” for its perpetrators, his office said.

The attack set buildings in the area ablaze, reducing some to charred hulks and also torching shops.

Men carried the bodies of two victims out of one burned building and a crowd of people looked on from the rubble-filled street as firefighters worked at the site.

IS issued a statement claiming responsiblity for the suicide car bombing, saying it was carried out by an Iraqi as part of the group’s “ongoing security operations”.

The group said the bombing targeted members of Iraq’s Shia Muslim majority, whom the Sunni extremists consider heretics and frequently attack in Baghdad and elsewhere.



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  1. neutral said:

    Tragic. Very tragic specially during the month of Ramdhan. The cradle of Islamic curlutre, Baghdad has been destroyed. Who do we blame ? Muslims themselves or the game-players who divided the local population during occupation ? Most people look at the photos or films shown and reports which at times are not what they look like. We are still not sure who was behind the twin-tower attack in NY. None of the Jews working in the tower were present on the day of attack. Paris attack and follow-up. A lot of stories to tell. But the net result is death of innocent men, women and children at the cost of "New World Order". IS or the Al-Qaida are the easiest suspect to point at. This is why President Obama said that ' instability to remain in the part of the world' (which is far away from the main-land). I know my views are hard to digest.

  2. eddied said:

    This Idiot neutral lives in denial of facts…It is Muslims who have performed these deadly attacks on Muslims in Iraq and they have proudly claimed to have done it?…yet fool neutral does not want to believe this obvious truth?…he would rather believe conspiracy theories about twin tower attacks on 9/11?…did he not see the videos of the planes being flown into the buildings?…he writes that his views are hard to digest and that is true…because intelligent people know they are just made up lies coming from a confused, uneducated, Taliban supporter…

    • neutral said:

      You educated stupid, fool, brainwashed Eddied – all you say is correct and all others are bundle of lies. How dare you play that ostritch all the time ? Your masters are attacking and occupying Muslim countries without any valid reason – like they did in Baghdad and killed millions of innocent men, women and children. Even your mentors have accepted that there were no WOMD found in Iraq, even then attacked and occupied todate. Not one Afghan was involved in 9/11, still Afghanistan was attacked. Your mentor Tony Blair not only apologized for Iraq attack for a wrong reason but also accepted that IS was a product of Iraq invasion. Your are more of an ostritch than a human. Better take out your head out of the sand.

      • eddied said:

        all you do is repeat old lies and misinformation…it is your denial of the fact that it is Muslims who are killing Muslims in Muslim countries?..it is not westerners…the coalition of Nations removed the brutal Dictator in Iraq to perform regime change…and they were successful doing it…all the sectarian violence that killed millions was committed by Muslims against Muslims…it is a Muslim problem created by Muslims…but you have been brainwashed into thinking everything in Islam is perfect and all problems are caused by western ways?…when will,you realize your education is badly flawed…

  3. neutral said:

    Eddied, you are one of the most stupid persons who have no brain to understand the logic and right things. Do you deny that Iraq was invaded and occupied for a wrong reason ? Did they find any WOMD – even if confirmed by a UN delegation that they did not possess. Did Tony Blair not say that IS was product of Iraq Invasion ? Did Mrs Clinton not say that attack on Iraq was wrong ? What else certificate do you need – stipid ? Did they not kill six million children in Iraq ? Did they not attack Afghanistan even if not one Afghan was involved in 9/11 ? A stupid brain washed person ;like you will never be convinced. Then shut-up !

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