BAGHDAD — The casualty toll from two suicide bombings in Iraq’s capital Baghdad on Thursday morning rose to 21 killed and at least 53 wounded, an Interior Ministry source told Xinhua.

A suicide bomber blew up his explosive belt in a crowded market in Bab al-Sharji area, and a second one detonated his a few minutes later in the same market, the source said on condition of anonymity.

Iraqi security forces rushed to the scene while ambulances and civilian cars evacuated the wounded to nearby hospitals and medical centers, the source added.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the extremist Islamic State (IS) group, in most cases, is responsible for such suicide attacks targeting security forces and crowded areas including markets, cafes and mosques across Iraq.

Suicide bombings have been rare in Baghdad for months, as the security situation has improved in Iraq since the Iraqi security forces fully defeated IS militants across the country late in 2017.

However, sporadic deadly incidents still occur in the war-ravaged country as IS remnants have since melted into urban areas or deserts and rugged areas, carrying out frequent guerilla attacks against security forces and civilians.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like

13-year-old boy is jailed for ten years for blasphemy by Nigerian Sharia court after he ‘used foul language towards Allah during an argument’

A 13-year-old boy has been sentenced to ten years in jail for blasphemy by a court in northern Nigeria, prompting ‘deep concern’ from the United Nations children’s organisation. Omar Farouq was convicted by a Sharia court in Kano – a…

Trump says US topping virus cases is an ‘honour’

US President Donald Trump has argued it is “a badge of honour” that the US has the world’s highest number of confirmed Covid-19 infections. “I look at that as, in a certain respect, as being a good thing because it…

Coronavirus latest: Trump marks ‘sad milestone’ of 100,000 US deaths

Boris Johnson easing Britain’s lockdown; 50 world leaders call for post-pandemic cooperation France to open bars and beaches; Namibia’s president held party under lockdown US President Donald Trump on Thursday marked the “sad milestone” of 100,000 coronavirus deaths in the…

Nazi-inspired care home killer sentenced to death for killing 19

A man has been sentenced to death in Japan for killing 19 disabled people and injuring dozens of others during a knife-wielding rampage at a care home. During his trial, Satoshi Uematsu repeatedly said he had not regrets for carrying…