In the capital of Iraq, Baghdad has increased the number of victims of Sunday’s terrorist attack, responsibility for which was claimed by the terrorist group “Islamic state” (IG, is prohibited in Russia). According to the latest data, as a result of two explosions killed more than 200 people, reports channel Al Jazeera.
Irish TV channel RTE , citing AFP said that 213 of the dead, more than 200 people were injured. According to local authorities, is one of the deadliest attacks in the history of Iraq.
Many of the victims were women and children. They were inside a multi-storey shopping center, next to which the explosion occurred. A suicide bomber blew up a car bomb. As a result of explosion the building was severely damaged. Many people were under the rubble. Some were suffocated or burned to death, said Al Jazeera police source.
The first explosion, which claimed the greatest number of lives, occurred in the night of Sunday, July 3, in the Central Baghdad district of al-karrada, a predominantly Shia Muslims. First, it was reported on 24 victims, then about 80. Later the number of victims exceeded 160.
It was noted that such a large number of deaths caused by the fact that in the area of al-karrada there are many shops, cafes and restaurants, which on Sunday night was filled with people. This is due to the fact that after sunset no longer apply strict limitations, which Muslims adhere to during the ongoing Holy month of Ramadan.
Another explosion occurred on 3 July in the morning in a predominantly Shiite quarter of Baghdad, al-Shaab, near a popular local population market. It was reported that as a result of the accident killed five or six people, 16 injured. However, the reasons for this explosion are not clear, said Al Jazeera. Some sources reported that it was a terrorist attack, while the Iraqi interior Ministry said the explosion in the market was the result of an accidental fire.
The Prime Minister of Iraq Haidar al-Abadi condemned the terrorist attacks in Baghdad and announced three days of mourning across the country. He also visited the scene of the explosion in El-karrada, where were attacked by an angry mob. In the Internet appeared the video, which shows how the inhabitants of Baghdad were thrown into the official motorcade of the various objects and shouted obscenities. As noted by Al Jazeera, the behavior of the residents was caused by anger at officials for the fact that they cannot ensure the security of citizens. Moreover, these officials often live in the so-called green zone in Baghdad – a heavily fortified and guarded area of the city.
Al Jazeera also notes that the bombings in Baghdad occurred shortly after the Iraqi government forces at the end of last month, knocked out militants from city of Fallujah, which is West of Baghdad and has long been one of the main strongholds of terrorists.