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Deadly blasts in Baghdad

Posted on 30th May 2017 at 09:29am

Terrorists attacked an ice cream parlour in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, reportedly using a remotely-detonated car bomb to kill at least 15 people and injuring 30 more as they gathered to enjoy breaking their Ramadan fast.

Al Jazeera news network has also reported that a second deadly explosion has struck Baghdad, killing at least seven people on the Al-Shahada Bridge just hours after the first attack. Al Jazeera reports that officials have said the second blast also involved a vehicle bomb. 

The damaged table and chairs sit at site of bombing at Alfaqma ice cream shop in Karrada district, Baghdad, Iraq, on May 30, 2017. According to media reports, at leat 15 people killed and 30 others injured in a suicide car bomb attack the evening of May 29. The so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (IS or ISIL) claimed responsibility for the bombing (photo: Li Abbas/EPA/Rex/Shutterstock)

The first attack happened in the mainly Shia Muslim Karrada district where a crowd of people had broken their fast after sundown during Ramadan according to officials. Reports claim that many of the victims were women and children.

So-called Islamic State (IS) said that the target had been "a gathering" of Shia.

Monday’s attack came as Iraqi troops are slowing pushing Isis fighters out of their last strongholds in the northern city of Mosul, reports British newspaper, The Guardian, which adds: “Iraqi commanders say the offensive, which recently entered its eighth month, will mark the end of the Isis caliphate in Iraq, but concede the group will likely increase insurgent attacks in the wake of military defeats.”  

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