Iraq PM sacks three top Baghdad security officials after deadly attack

Baghdad Updated: Jul 08, 2016, 10:09 AM(IST)

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi attends a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel following talks at the Chancellery on February 6, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. (Representative Image) Photograph:( Getty )

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Friday dismissed three top officials in charge of Baghdad's security after a bombing over the weekend killed nearly 300 people and caused outrage at the inadequacy of emergency services and the security apparatus.

Abadi issued "an order to relieve the Baghdad Operations commander of his position, and relieving security and intelligence officials in Baghdad of their positions," a statement said. A statement posted on his Facebook page said he had fired the commander of military operations, security services and intelligence in the capital.

The bombing, claimed by the militant group Islamic State, was the deadliest bombing in Iraq since US-led forces toppled Saddam Hussein 13 years ago.

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