Baghdad, July 3: Over 70 people were killed, and hundreds were wounded in bombings that took place early on Sunday afternoon, in two of Iraq’s capital city’s commercial areas. In the first attack, a car bomb exploded in the Karada district of central Baghdad, shortly after which, another explosion was heard in the eastern part of the city. The maximum casualties were reported from the first attack, for which the formidable international terrorist organisation Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has claimed responsibility.
While the first attack claimed the lives of 79 people and wounded some 132 others, at least five people were killed in the second attack, while some 16 others were reportedly wounded, said Al Jazeera. The attacks came at the end of the Holy month of Ramadan, which is being observed by followers of Islam, all over the globe. The ISIS had claimed responsibility for the Karada attack, according to the SITE Intelligence Agency, which monitors the activities of Jihadist groups online. No immediate claim has been made for the second bombing. ALSO READ: Car bombing in Baghdad commercial area kills 14 people: Iraq
The attacks come barely a week after the Iraqi Army recatured the city of Fallujah from the ISIS. The city had been used as a launching pad for attacks on Baghdad by the group. The first bomb exploded when the area was full of shoppers, who were busy with Eid shopping, after sundown during the Holy month of Ramadan. The second bomb exploded in the predominantly Shia Eastern Baghdad area. This also comes just a day after an IS-claimed attack on a popular cafe in uptown Dhaka, Bangladesh, killed 20 people.
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