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Grief and anger on the streets of Baghdad

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Grief and anger on the streets of Baghdad

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  • More than 200 killed
  • Hundreds wounded
  • Bombers struck in busy shopping area at the end of Ramadan

    Grief and anger on the streets of Baghdad

Friends and families of the victims who were killed in Sunday morning’s massive bombing in Baghdad have made a makeshift memorial at the site.

Grief and anger are the only emotions evident as the search continues for the dead and anyone who may still be alive and trapped.

Grief because at least 200 people lost their lives here and hundreds were injured.

Anger because many think the Iraqi government is not doing enough to protect its citizens.

“Most of the people here were in their 20s and now all we have are 300 victims.,” one man told reporters.

“The government just sits around doing nothing about security.”

What happened?

At least 200 people were killed and hundreds were wounded in what is the worst attack so far this year in Iraq.

Witnesses say the ground shook like an earthquake when a refrigerated van packed with explosives blew up in the city’s busy commercial area of Karada.

Before:

After:

The streets were packed with people shopping for the end of Ramadan.

“Most of the people in the building were in their 20s and now 300 people have been hurt here. The government sits in a chair doing nothing when it comes to security,” said a local man.

Linked to ISIL

ISIL have claimed responsibility for the bombing.

In a statement published online, the group says it deliberately targeted Shiite Muslims.

The bombing was the third major attack in a week with possible links to ISIL.

The others were:

  • A tripe suicide bombing at Ataturk airport in Istanbul
  • An attack on a cafe in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh.

    The security question

Some local officials say it is time for the city’s separate security services to work together more constructively.

“There are many institutions for security and we need to bring them together,” said Mohammed al-Bayd, Vice Chairman of Community Security of the Baghdad local council.

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