The terrifying series of attacks in Baghdad continues with three more serial bombs that detonated on Tuesday in outdoor markets and a restaurant in the Shiite neighbourhood.
The police and medical sources have confirmed the death of more than 70 people in the three serial attacks in Baghdad along with reports of around 100 being severely injured. A suicide bombing rocked the city’s northern marketplace, within the Shia district of al-Shaab. Around 38 people have been killed there with 70 injured. Another bomb exploded in a car parked in the nearby Sadr City neighbourhood that killed around 19 and wounded 17. The third attack in the series was in al-Rasheed, south of Baghdad, according to News.com.au. It killed six and injured 21.
No immediate claims were made for the attacks, but the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant later on claimed responsibility for the al-Shaab attack. It is believed that the al-Shaab attack was carried out by a man named Abu Khattab al-Iraqi, as identified by sources. He threw hand grenades and detonated a suicide belt later.
Baghdad Operations Command’s spokesperson told the state television that whoever conducted the attack detonated the explosives in coordination with a planted bomb. He claimed that earlier investigations revealed the involvement of a woman in the matter. Meanwhile, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has passed an order to arrest the officials who were in charge of the security of al-Shaab. He did not specify the reason behind the arrest, though.
The incident has surrounded the Iraqi authorities with several questions. Strong cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said that another series of attacks in Baghdad is “the clearest evidence that your government has become incapable of protecting you and providing you with security.”
Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa division Deputy Director James Lynch said that “The spike in deadly bomb attacks across Baghdad, in predominantly Shia areas, will outrage anyone who places value on human life,” as quoted by Aljazeera. “Today’s sickening attacks carried out in daytime in areas well known to be frequented by civilians such as busy markets, display a total disregard for the lives of civilians and the fundamental principles of international humanitarian law.”