The Biggest Suicide Attack of the Last Three Years in Iraq

by christineanderso

According to preliminary findings, at least 32 people died in the suicide attack in a crowded market area in Baghdad. The officials stated that this biggest suicide attack in Iraq in the last three years can be considered as the re-activation of IS.

At least 110 people were injured, according to health officials, in explosions in a clothing market in Tayaran Square.

The almost daily suicide attacks in Baghdad, the capital of Iraq, have stopped in recent years after the defeat of ISIS fighters in 2017 and the general improvement of the security situation in the country, life has approached normal.

General Kadhim Salman, Iraqi Civil Defense Commander, said ISIS might be behind the attack.

Some images spread on social media show that the second explosion occurred when the crowd gathered at the scene after the first explosion. However, these images have not yet been verified by news agencies.

At least 27 people died in another major attack in the same market area in 2018.

Following the attack, Prime Minister Mustafa El Kazimi held a meeting with senior security officials. In order to prevent other possible attacks, Iraqi security units were deployed in the region and important roads were closed.

During the rebellion in Iraq that followed the US invasion in 2003 that resulted in the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, Sunni Muslim groups were carrying out suicide attacks in the country almost every day. These groups, which later came under the control of IS, dominated one third of the country in 2014.

By 2017, these fighters had been largely cleared of Iraqi territory. These groups continued the rebellion movement on a lower scale and carried out some attacks on Iraqi security forces and officials, especially in the north of the country.

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