At Least 115 Dead In Two Attacks In Baghdad

At least 115 people were killed and nearly 200 injured in two attacks in Baghdad, the capital of Iraq. According to Iraqi officials, one of these attacks was claimed by the jihadist group Islamic State.

The two attacks unfolded in a highly visited commercial area before dawn on Sunday, July 3 in Baghdad.

According to officials, the main attack that was claimed by the jihadist group Islamic State (IS) which hit a crowded shopping street in the Karrada district where many residents go shopping before the holiday marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. According to Reuters, a refrigerated truck loaded with explosives was activated near a restaurant. After the blast, several buildings in the area as well as shops were ravaged by flames.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi went to the scene and promised to “punish” those responsible behind the dreadful attack. Upon reaching the site, he faced much backlash from an angry crowd.