Baghdad – At least 25 dead in twin suicide bombings
Twin suicide bombings ripped through a busy market in the Iraqi capital on Thursday, that killed at least 25 people and injured over 70. The rare suicide bombing attack hit the Bab al-Sharqi commercial area in central Baghdad amid heightened political tensions over planned early elections and a severe economic crisis.
The ministry said the first suicide bomber had rushed into the market and claimed to feel sick, so that people would gather around him. He then detonated his explosives. No one immediately took responsibility of the attack. The twin bombings took place days after the government unanimously agreed to hold early elections in October.
The suicide bombings marked the first in three years to target Baghdad’s bustling commercial area. A suicide bomb attack took place in the same area in 2018 shortly after then-Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi declared victory over the Islamic State group.