Truck packed with explosives blows up in Baghdad, 165 killed

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Published on: 4 July 2016 12:03 PM GMT
Truck packed with explosives blows up in Baghdad, 165 killed
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Bagdad : At least one hundred and sixty five people were killed and 200 others injured when a truck packed with explosives blew up in the central district of Karrada. The incident occured when people were offering Ramzan prayers in the city.

Highlights :

  • Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi condemned the incident. However, the people unhappy with the security arrangements made by his government expressed anger and dissatisfaction.
  • The residents pelted stones and bottles on the convoy that was carrying Abadi to the blast areas.
  • Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack.
  • Karrada was targeted because the Iraqis eat out and shop late during the Muslim fasting month of Ramzan, which ends next week with the Eid al-Fitr festival.
  • A video was posted online which showed people running after the SUV convoy of Abadi , throwing pavement stones, bottles of water, empty buckets and slippers after he visited the site.
  • A TV posted a video online in the morning that showed at least four buildings severely or partly damaged , including a shopping mall believed to be the target,
  • Comments posted on social media accused security forces of continuing to use defective bomb detectors at checkpoints .

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