Death toll from Islamic State-claimed car bombing in the Iraqi capital has risen to 126. Almost 200 people are claimed to be wounded in the bombings. The blast took place targetting a near-by busy market area as all people were busy celebrating Ramzan.
In the first attack, a car bomb exploded in the Karada district in central Baghdad. Shortly afterward, an improvised explosive device went off in eastern Baghdad. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, in a statement circulated online by supporters of the ultra-hard line Sunni group. They proudly claimed it to to be a suicide bombing.
Karrada streets were busy at the time as Iraqis eat out late during the Muslim fasting month of Ramzan which ends next week.
Nearly an hour after the attack in central Baghdad, ambulances could still be heard rushing to the site. An eyewitness said that many mobile and clothing shops were set ablaze after the deadly explosion.
The Baghdad attacks come just over a week after Iraqi forces declared the city of Fallujah “fully liberated” from IS. It’s an attempt by IS to claim its supremacy over the government and to show their potential and strength. IS still controls Iraq’s second largest city of Mosul as well as significant patches of territory in the country’s north and west.