Bombing In Baghdad Leaves 157 Dead, Nearly 200 Wounded
The attack, which targeted innocent civilians in a popular shopping district has claimed 157 lives and wounded nearly 200 people, according to the Associated Press. That number is expected to rise.
A suicide bomber detonated explosives in his truck in the crowded shopping area on Sunday, just days before the month of Ramadan comes to an end. Many of the victims were reportedly under the age of 30 and were targeted because they were Shiite Muslims. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the bombing.
“The attack on the shopping area of Karada is the deadliest since U.S. -backed Iraqi forces last month scored a major victory when it dislodged Islamic State from their stronghold of Fallujah, an hour’s drive west of the capital. It was also the deadliest so far this year,” according to the AP.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has vowed to increase security measures aimed at preventing future terror attacks against his country.
United Nations Secretary Ban Ki-moon condemned the terrorist attack. “This is a cowardly and heinous act of unparalleled proportions..,” he said. “This despicable act is to be condemned in the strongest possible terms.”
U.S. National Security Council Spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement: “these attacks only strengthen our resolve to support Iraqi security forces as they continue to take back territory from ISIL, just as we continue to intensify our efforts to root out ISIL’s terrorist network and leaders.”
He also said the innocent civilians were “gathering to break their Ramadan fast and joining millions around the world in watching the Euro Cup.”
This latest attack marks the end of a deadly week around the world which included an airport bombing in Istanbul, Turkey and a bakery attack in Bangladesh.