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US News Iraq: the Islamic State group claims the double suicide bombing of Baghdad

05:25  22 january  2021
05:25  22 january  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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The Iraqi government has confirmed social media reports of two suicide bombings in the country’s capital, with the explosions in central Baghdad killing at least 13 and It's not clear if this incident is linked to that security threat. So far, no group has claimed responsibility for the suicide bombings .

The so-called Islamic State (IS) group claimed the attack at the Rasul al-Azam mosque in the Shuala neighbourhood. IS said the bombers had targeted The " double tap" is a technique used to maximise casualties, where a second device is detonated at the site as people flee or emergency services arrive.

Des membres des forces de sécurité irakiennes montent la garde autour du lieu du double attentat-suicide qui a ensanglanté Bagdad ce 21 janvier 2020. © AFP - SABAH ARAR Members of the Iraqi security forces stand guard around the site of the double suicide bombing that bloodied Baghdad on January 21, 2020.

The Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility on the night of Thursday to Friday for the double suicide bombing which left 32 dead and 110 injured earlier in the day in a busy market in Baghdad.

This attack is the deadliest in more than three years in the Iraqi capital. A first man set off his explosive belt in the midst of vendors and onlookers in the second-hand clothing market in Tayaran Square, the interior ministry said. While a crowd was forming to try to come to the aid of the victims, a second suicide bomber detonated his explosives, he added.

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Two suicide bombers have killed at least 32 people at a busy market in Iraq 's capital city. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but officials pointed to the " Islamic State " terror group . "This is a terrorist act perpetrated by a sleeper cell of the Islamic State ,'' said Tahsin al-Khafaji, spokesman

The Islamic State group has carried out similar attacks in the past but has rarely been able to target the capital since being dislodged by Iraqi forces and the US-led coalition in 2017. The last deadly suicide blast in the Iraqi capital took place in January 2018, killing at least 27 people.

In addition to the 32 dead, the Minister of Health, Hassan al-Tamimi, reported 110 injured in the metropolis of ten million inhabitants where all the medical personnel were placed on maximum alert.

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President Barham Saleh denounced on Twitter "malicious attempts to shake the stability of the country", while Prime Minister Moustafa al-Kazimi announced that he had replaced high-ranking officials after the attack.

"Such a despicable act will not weaken Iraq's march towards stability and prosperity", reacted the UN mission in Iraq. Pope Francis, who is due to visit Iraq from March 5 to 8, said he was "deeply saddened" by this "senseless act of brutality".

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A double suicide bombing claimed by Islamic State has killed 70 people in a Shia district of Baghdad in the deadliest attack inside the Iraqi capital Baghdad -based security analyst Jasim al-Bahadli said the assault suggested it was premature to declare that Isis was losing the initiative in Iraq .

Two suicide bombers have killed at least 35 people and injured 90 in an attack on a Baghdad square where day labourers gather to look for work. Attacks on the city had become less frequent since the Islamic State group lost its Iraqi strongholds last year. The government declared it had retaken all

The United States, France, the European Union and NATO strongly condemned these attacks and supported Iraq, while Iran considered that these attacks were intended to "disrupt the peace and stability ”in Iraq.

The resurgence of ISIS

The operating mode of the attack - a suicide bomber, followed by a second when a crowd is formed to help the wounded - has already been used in the past by the jihadist group which occupied near the third of Iraq in 2014 before Baghdad declared that it had won its war against the jihadists at the end of 2017.

Since then, jihadist cells have been hiding in the many mountainous and desert areas of the country. Since the “liberation”, however, ISIS has claimed responsibility for only small-scale attacks, usually carried out at night against military positions in isolated areas far from cities. The last attacks which killed several people in Baghdad date back to June 2019.

Legislative poll

This attack comes as the authorities discuss the organization of a legislative poll, a deadline regularly accompanied by violence in Iraq.

The government had promised the early election of a new Parliament for June. But the authorities are now proposing to postpone it until October, in order to give the Electoral Commission more time to organize the poll.

(with AFP)

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