iReportAljazeera: Baghdad bombings kill more than 130 - Iraq





iReporter News Network gathered that ISIL claims responsibility for attack that left more than 130 people dead in predominantly Shia area of Baghdad.

At least 131 people, including many children, have been killed and hundreds wounded in a car bombing in a crowded commercial area in Iraq's capital, Baghdad, hospital and police sources have told Al Jazeera.

The powerful explosion early on Sunday came near the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, when the streets were filled with young people and families out after sunset.


Sources said around 200 people were wounded when a lorry packed with explosives blew up in a busy shopping street in Karada, a predominantly Shia neighbourhood in central Baghdad.

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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.

Many of the victims were children, officials said, and there were fears the death toll could rise as more bodies could be lying under the rubble of devastated buildings.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi condemned the bombing and declared three days of mourning across the country after visiting the scene of the attack.

Video footage posted online showed people jeering and throwing objects at his convoy.

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In a separate blast also on Sunday morning, an improvised explosive device went off in a popular market in the mainly Shia neighbourhood of al-Shaab.

Conflicting reports said at least at least five people were killed in that attack, and 16 were wounded.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the second bombing. The Interior ministry disputed the report saying it was caused by an accidental fire. 

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Source: Aljazeera


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