Suicide bombings kill 125 in Baghdad
At least 125 people have been killed and about 150 injured in an explosion claimed by the so-called Islamic State group in Baghdad, Iraqi police say.
A car bomb exploded on a busy street in the central district of Karrada late on Saturday. The mainly Shia area was busy with shoppers late at night because it is the holy month of Ramadan.
Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider alAbadi was met by angry crowds while visiting the scene of the blast on Sunday.
A second bomb also exploded at about midnight in a predominantly Shia area north of the capital, killing another five people.
The bombing in Karrada is the deadliest in Iraq this year and comes a week after Iraqi security forces recaptured the city of Falluja from Islamic State (IS) militants. Authorities said Falluja was used as a launch pad for attacks on Baghdad.
The US said on Sunday that the latest attack strengthened its resolve to support Iraqi forces in their fight against IS.
The bomb ripped through a busy street in the Karrada district of Baghdad, as people were shopping ahead of the holiday marking the end of Ramadan yesterday.