In Iraq: Over 200 Feared Dead, Scores Injured In ISIS Bombing
The death toll from the powerful explosion that occurred in Karada, a predominantly Shia neighbourhood in central Baghdad, has risen to over 200 on Monday morning, as the bodies of more victims were pulled from the rubble.
On Sunday morning, a car bomb exploded along a busy shopping area in the Karrada district, targeting shoppers as they were getting prepared to celebrate the end of the Ramadan fast in Iraq.
It was learnt that majority of the victims were women and children who were inside a multi-storey shopping and amusement mall – at least 125 people, including 25 children and 20 women were killed.
More than 147 people were wounded.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement circulated by its supporters online.
The group, which has claimed numerous deadly bombings in mainly Shia areas of Baghdad, alleged that a suicide bomber targeted a crowd of Shia Muslims.
The bombing is the deadliest in the country since Iraqi forces last month dislodged Islamic State militants from Falluja, their stronghold just west of the capital that had served as a launch pad for such attacks.
It was also gathered that Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi was jeered by angry crowds, who pelted objects at his convoy, while visiting the scene on Sunday. The Iraqis were angered by the failure of their government to protect civilians.
Meanwhile, the US said the latest attack had strengthened its resolve to support Iraqi forces in their fight against IS.
“We remain united with the Iraqi people and government in our combined efforts to destroy Isil,” the White House statement said, using another term for the group.