Three Explosions Hit Baghdad, Killed Dozens

Time: 6:21 p.m. CEST

Three attacks in the Iraqi capital Baghdad killed at least 82 people on Wednesday. The strongest explosion hit a market in the Shia dominated district of Sadr City, where 64 people died and 87 others ended wounded. In other two blasts in the afternoon in the northern area of Kadhimiya and in Jamia, BBC News reports left 18 people dead.

The Washington Post says that, “two suicide bombers struck checkpoints just hours after a car bomb ravaged a busy market,” on Wednesday.

As the Post writes, “the Islamic State said a suicide bomber called Abu Ali Ansari had carried out the attack, which it claimed had killed 70 people and the target was a gathering of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units.”A news agency affiliated with Islamic State explained, “the second two attacks were both carried out by suicide bombers wearing belts, in contradiction to the statement from Baghdad Operations Command, that said one was a car bomb,” the Washington Post publishes.

The explosions disrupted the activities of people during rush hour. In Sadr City, many victims were children and women, including brides in the local beauty salon, as Iraqi and medical sources said to BBC.

Even though it was not clear who was behind the attack, Islamic State group claimed the responsibility. Islamic State militants, who are the Sunni Muslim jihadi group, targets Shia Muslims, whom it considers heretics. Islamic State militants who aspire to take territory in Iraq often targets urban area. With the help of the US-led coalition and Shia-dominated paramilitary forces, Iraqi forces took back some of the territory Islamic State group seized in 2014.

Angry survivors blamed the politicians for failing in ensuring security, BBC’s Jim Muir reported in northern Iraq. The escalations in violence happens during the political crisis in Baghdad after the Parliament did not succeed to meet because of the factional disputes.

Security forces in Iraq started to build a wall around the capital to prevent the attacks of the militants. The violence killed 1,885 civilians only in four months of 2016 the United Nations said.

The Washington Post said, Iraq’s current political turmoil “has also highlighted growing rifts among its Shiite militias. While Iraq is torn by Sunni-Shiite divisions, the current crisis has its roots in inter-Shiite rivalries.”



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