Twin car bomb attack in Baghdad, 27 people killed

Reuters
Baghdad, Baghdad Governorate, Iraq Published: May 30, 2017, 01:31 AM(IST)

The suicide bomber struck just days after the start of the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. Photograph:( Reuters )

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Islamic State claimed responsibility for the first blast just after midnight that killed at least 13 and wounded 40 in the commercial Karrada district ||A few hours later, a second bombing killed seven people and wounded 38 more near a government office in Karkh district ||

Two car bombs killed at least 27 people in Baghdad and wounded about 80 others in streets packed with crowds preparing for the Ramadan fast early on Tuesday, security sources said.

Militant group Islamic State claimed responsibility for the first blast that killed at least 13 people and wounded 40 just after midnight (2100 GMT on Monday) in the Iraqi capital's commercial Karrada district.

A few hours later, a second bombing killed seven people and wounded 38 more near a government office in Karkh district. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

The attackers struck during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan when many people stay up past midnight and eat out to prepare for the next day's fast.

Karrada was hit by a massive truck bomb in July 2016 that killed at least 324 people, the deadliest attack in Iraq since the US-led invasion of the country in 2003.

Islamic State has been retreating in Iraq since the end of 2015 in the face of US-backed government forces and Iranian-backed Shi'ite paramilitary groups.

It is now besieged in an enclave in the northern city of Mosul, which it has used as its de facto capital in Iraq. Islamic State declared a "caliphate" over parts of Syria and Iraq in 2014.

(Reuters)

 

Families were gathering after breaking their daily fast as part of Islam's holy month of Ramadan when a terrorist detonated a car bomb near the ice cream shop. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack (WION)

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