Baghdad attack: 31 killed in ISIS bombings as blast hits ice cream shop
A massive bombing of the Islamic State group was a popular ice cream parlor in central Baghdad and a car bomb in another city killed at least 31 people, Iraqi officials said.
The attacks came as militants of the Islamic Army regularly lose territory against US-backed Iraqi forces at the Battle of Mosul, the country’s second-largest city. Sunni extremists are increasingly turning to insurgency-style terrorist attacks to divert attention from their losses.
The night attack outside the ice cream parlor in the lively Karrada killed 17 people and injured 32, police and health officials said.
A closed-circuit television camera captured the moment of the explosion, the video showing a busy avenue in the center of the city with cars crossing the street when the ball hits. A huge fireball includes a building, making the car to relax.
Other videos of the attack posted the social media program of injured and bloody people asking for help on the sidewalk outside the ice cream parlor.
In the second attack, a car loaded with explosive cargo was burned during rush hour near the public office of the public pension Baghdad in the occupied Shawaka area, killing 14, a police official said. At least 37 people were injured in the attack, he added.
In separate statements online, he has attributed responsibility for both attacks, saying that his bombers targeted Shiite gatherings.
The Associated Press could not verify the authenticity of the statements, but were posted on a militant website commonly used by extremists.
Later yesterday, seven people were killed and 19 wounded in four separate bombings in and around Baghdad, officials said. The attacks have targeted commercial areas and a patrol of anti-IS Sunni tribal fighters, they said. No group immediately attributed the attacks.
All officials spoke of anonymity in accordance with the regulations.
The attacks occurred a few days in the holy month of Ramadan Muslims fast during the day. After sunset, families break their fast and the restaurants and cafes of Baghdad fill up quickly with people staying overnight.
During Ramadan last year, another section of Karrada was hit by a massive suicide bombing that killed about 300 people, the deadliest attack in the Iraqi capital in 13 years of war. The attack was also claimed by IS.
Details of how militants were able to highlight yesterday’s attacks were not immediately clear. After the attack last year, Iraqi authorities have increased security in Karrada, particularly in the area of bombing.
Also yesterday, a suicide bomber attacked a military patrol in Hit City in Anbar province in Iraq, killing at least eight people and wounding 10, including members of the security forces, two security officials said. They spoke of anonymity according to the regulations.
In the northern city of Mosul, Iraqi push troops are fighters in their last strongholds. Iraqi commanders say the offensive, which recently entered its eight-month mark marks the end of IS caliphate in Iraq, but acknowledged that the group would likely increase resistance attacks after military defeats.