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Saturday, July 24, 2021

Iraq Says Suicide Bomber Suspected ISIS

Iraqi media reported that Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Khadhimi had sacked security officials after 34 people were killed and more than 50 injured in Monday night’s explosion.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack which Iraqi security officials said was carried out by a suicide bomber.

Crowds of shoppers, mostly women, fled for cover amid roars and screams, following an explosion late Monday at a bustling clothing market in Baghdad’s mainly Shiite city of Sadr. The attack was the third in Iraq this year. Another attack in Sadr City in January killed about 30 people.

A group of young men dressed in all black load the coffin into a vehicle in preparation for the funeral Tuesday morning (21/7). A middle-aged woman dressed in black mourned some of the young victims of the explosion.

A young man complained on social media that attacks on markets targeting civilians were all too common in Iraq before religious holidays, such as Eid al-Adha, which began on Tuesday (20/7).

The Iraqi TV correspondent in Sadr City reported, citing eyewitnesses, that the vests worn by the suicide bombers contained nails and burrs to increase the toll. [lt/em]

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