The brutal Ramadan attacks were claimed by Islamic State in the name of Allah. The terrorist group reportedly justified targeting the shop filled with civilians by labeling it a Shia Muslim gathering place. Karrada is an upscale neighborhood boasting a large Muslim Shia population and also one of the two major Christian districts in the Iraqi capital.
US Special Presidential Envoy for Global Coalition to Counter ISIS Brett McGurk condemned the attack, saying it was aimed at “children & families enjoying time together at an ice cream shop.” He vowed to “stand with Iraq against this evil.”
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31 people have been killed and dozens injured in the twin car bomb attacks in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. The first explosion, which ripped through an ice cream shop, has been claimed by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).
The first attack killed at least 17 people and wounded 32 others in Baghdad’s commercial Karrada district, according to police and health officials cited by AP.
Iraqi officials said the powerful explosion originated from a vehicle rigged with IEDs that was parked near the ice cream shop. The assailants reportedly triggered the bomb remotely.
The blast hit the shop shortly after midnight, at the time many Muslims break the fast they observe during the holy month of Ramadan in daylight hours.
A few hours later, a second bombing killed 14 people and wounded 37 others near a government office in Karkh district. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for that attack.
AFP reported that over 100 people were injured in the two attacks.
The Karrada attack is not the first time the district has been targeted by terrorist attacks during Ramadan.
Fifty patients are still being treated in hospital for injuries sustained in last week’s Manchester attack, including 17 who are in critical care, the health authority for England said on Tuesday. The suicide bombing at a pop concert venue killed 22 children and adults, and a total of 116 people received hospital treatment in the days immediately after the attack.
Egypt has fired the security chief of a province south of Cairo where Islamic State militants last week killed 29 Christians traveling to a remote desert monastery. The removal of police Maj-Gen. Faisal Dewidar from his post is an acknowledgment of the security agencies’ incompetence or failure in dealing with the attack in Minya province. The Interior Ministry announced the move late on Monday. Friday’s attack was the fourth targeting Christians and claimed by IS since December, killing more than 100 people in all. Cairo daily Al-Masry Al-Youm reports that an investigation has found there were no security forces on the stretch of desert road leading to the monastery or on nearby roads, allowing the assailants to easily escape.
In the Philippines
As Islamic State-linked militants besiege a city in the southern Philippines, the local military says the terrorist group wants to establish a branch in the country and “inflict the kind of violence” jihadists have used in Iraq and Syria.
“They wanted to show the world that there is an ISIS [Islamic State/IS] branch here which can inflict the kind of violence that has been seen in Syria and Iraq,” Gen. Eduardo Ano, military chief of staff, told AP.
Since May 23, armed forces have been clashing with Maute jihadists linked to IS, who have taken over large parts of the city of Marawi on the island of Mindanao.