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Death toll in Baghdad blasts surpasses 200

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Death toll in Baghdad blasts surpasses 200

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Shiites, Sunnis and Christians have gathered to pray for the victims of two bomb attacks in Baghdad.

Over 200 people have now died and 200 were wounded in the blasts, most of them in a busy shopping area in the largely Shi’ite district of Karrada, amid Ramadan celebrations.

The ISIL militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Ali Mohammed, a tearful local resident, asked: “Is this Eid? Every Eid we celebrate. Is this our Eid that everybody celebrates? Is this the Eid we should celebrate?

“People came to buy clothes to celebrate Eid. Now they are buying coffins, they’re buying shrouds for the dead. May God punish those who are responsible.”

The second attack – a roadside bomb – struck a market in al-Shaab, a Shi’ite district in the north of the Iraqi capital.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has reportedly faced angry crowds in Karrada. The attack in this district is the deadliest since US-backed Iraqi forces dislodged ISIL from their stronghold of Falluja last month.

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