At least 70 killed, dozens wounded in Baghdad market bombings
At least 70 Iraqis were killed and more than 100 were injured after two bombs tore through a packed outdoor market on the eastern edge of Baghdad on Sunday.
The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks that targeted the heavily Shiite sector of the city, setting a bomb that exploded amid the bustling Mredi market in an area where purveyors were reportedly selling mobile phones. As people congregated to witness the devastation a suicide bomber riding a motorcycle struck again amid the crowd.
The bombings were the deadliest attacks for months in Baghdad, a city that has seen a steady stream of bombings. Another attack in August claimed by ISIS killed 80 people after a truck bomb was set off at another market.
Militants on Sunday also launched a multi-pronged assault including gunmen and suicide bombers in the suburbs of Baghdad, killing at least 17 security force members in Abu Ghraib and capturing nearby positions during a battle that began at dawn and lasted into the evening hours. Iraqi officials said ISIS was also responsible for those attacks, while 20 militants were killed.
According to the SITE intelligence group, which monitors jihadist activities, ISIS released a statement online claiming to have killed more than 100 Iraqis in separate attacks.
Baghdad Jasim al-Bahadl, a security analyst based in Baghdad, told Reuters the attacks may temper claims that Iraq has made gains against ISIS and “must do a better job” to fend off assaults.
“What happened today could be a setback for the security forces,” he said.