Death toll rises to at least 119..187 injured in Baghdad suicide bombing
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 district early in the day as the area was packed with shoppers ahead of this week’s holiday marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
It came a week after Iraqi security forces recaptured Fallujah from ISIL, leaving Mosul as the only Iraqi city under the jihadist group’s control.
The bombing also wounded more than 180 people, security officials said.
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi visited the site of the attack and vowed “punishment” for the perpetrators, his office said.
Abadi’s office later announced three days of mourning for the victims.
The blast set buildings ablaze, and firemen were still working to extinguish them some 12 hours later.
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 emergency personnel worked at the site.
A member of the civil defence forces said that it would take “a number of days” to recover the bodies of the victims.
Hussein Ali, a 24-year-old former soldier, said six workers at his family’s shop were killed, their bodies so badly burned they could not be identified.
“I will return to the battlefront. At least there, I know the enemy so I can fight him. But here, I don’t know who I’m fighting,” Ali told AFP.
massive destruction in iraq..as the black flag wavers are driven from their nesting spots they will strike out everywhere..
“It came a week after Iraqi security forces recaptured Fallujah from ISIL, leaving Mosul as the only Iraqi city under the jihadist group’s control.”
what was it that guy said?..”mission accomplished”..