Baghdad bombing: Death toll rises to 200
The death toll in Baghdad bomb blast rose into 200 on Monday, Al Jazeera reported. The deadly bomb blast in Karada, a predominantly Shia neighbourhood in central Baghdad has also left 200 injured, in which many are still in critical condition.
The devastating attack was carried out by ISIS during the last days of Ramadan by blowing up a refrigerator truck packed with explosives in the much crowded area of the city.
ISIS through an online statement on Sunday had claimed responsibility for the attack and stated that it was a suicide bomb attack.
The deadly bombing in the Shia-populated area has also put the Haider al-Abadi government under pressure as many civilians on Monday showed their anger at the ruling party’s inability to curb the menace of ISIS.
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has condemned the bombing and declared three days of mourning across the country.
Condemning the bomb blast, US stated that the attack has proven that US military interventions against the ISIS was the need of the time and it is still relevant.
According to a Xinhua report, this is the bloodiest attack this year in the country where the army are fighting against the Islamic State (IS) terrorists.
The busy commercial district in southern Baghdad was hit by a car bomb at about 1:00 a.m. local time when a suicide bomber detonated his explosive-laden pickup truck outside a shopping centre.
The three-floor building was completely destroyed, when lots of people were in it. Many of the victims are women and children, the source said.
The powerful blast set fire to the shopping centre and four nearby buildings while many shops and stalls were charred and destroyed, along with destroying dozens of civilian vehicles at the scene, the source added.
The attack happened when many families and young people were in the crowded thoroughfare where many shoppers were preparing their families for Eid al-Fitr scheduled to start on Tuesday, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
Meanwhile, another car bomb went off in a market in northeastern Baghdad, leaving one killed and five wounded, the source added.