TWIN SUICIDE BOMBINGS ROCK CENTRAL BAGHDAD, AT LEAST 32 DEAD


22/01/2021




Görkem ŞEKEROĞLU -TDO- A twin suicide bombing at a busy market in the Iraqi capital on Thursday (21 January), killed at least 32 people and wounded dozens Iraqi officials said.

The suicide bombing hit the Bab al-Sharqi commercial area in central Baghdad amid increasing political tensions over planned early elections and a severe economic crisis.

No one immediately took responsibility for the attack, but Iraqi military officials claimed it was carried out by the Islamic State group.

Health Minister Hassan Mohammed al-Tamimi said at least 32 people were killed and 110 were wounded. He said some of the wounded were in serious condition. The Health Ministry informed that all hospitals in Baghdad were ready to take care of the wounded.

Spokesman for the Joint Operations Command Maj. Gen. Tahsin al-Khafaji said that the suicide bombing was a terrorist act carried out by a sleeper cell of the Islamic State.

Thursday's twin suicide bombings marked the first in three years to target Baghdad's busy commercial area.


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