ISIS suicide bombings kills at least 150 people during Ramadan in Karrada neighbourhood in Baghdad
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The death toll from a huge car bomb that devastated the Baghdad shopping area of Karrada at around 1am local time on Sunday, 3 July, has risen over 150, according to local police speaking to Al-Jazeera. Another 200 people are injured, many seriously.
Islamic State (Isis) has claimed responsibility for the attack, which targeted Shi’ite Muslims shopping and eating late at night, after their daily fast for Ramadan had ended. Many of those killed were said to be children. The attack was the deadliest to hit the city this year.
Reports from the scene of the attack say the bomb was probably packed in a refrigerated truck left in the centre of the area. Several buildings were badly damaged in the explosion and ensuing blaze.
Isis (Daesh) has repeatedly targeted Baghdad in the hope of fermenting a sectarian war between Sunni and Shi’ite citizens, but was weakened by losing the nearby town of Falluja recently.