Iraq’s PM Abadi visits massive bombing site

Iraqi Prime Minister visits the scene of the deadly suicide bombing that killed 120 people in Iraq’s Diyala

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al Abadi has visited the scene of a ISIS truck bombing that killed 120 people.

On July 17 in the Iraqi town of Khan Bani Saad in Diyala Province, about 30 km northeast of Baghdad, Muslims were celebrating the first day of the religious holiday Eid al-Fitr when a huge blast hit an open market in the town.

Killing 120 and wounding around 150 others, the deadly explosion also smashed the windows in the area and caused several buildings to collapse. In a message published on Twitter, ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, saying the car was carrying three metric tons of explosives.

Diyala Operations Commander Lieutenant General Abdul Amir al-Zaidi said that five men suspected in the bombing were arrested, hours before Abadi’s visit.

ISIS has recently increased suicide attacks in and around Baghdad, claiming dozens of lives. On July 20, at least 10 civilians killed by mortar and rocket fire in the nearby village of Hudaid.

Thirteen men were reported kidnapped, including a Sunni tribal leader and three of his sons.

The militant group seized Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, in June 2014 in a lightning advance that saw Iraqi troops flee, leaving military equipment and armoured vehicles behind.

The United Nations says that at least 15,000 civilians were killed across Iraq between January 2014 and April 2015.

A three-day period of mourning has been declared in Diyala Province and all parks and entertainment venues have been shut down for two days in a bid to prevent further attacks.

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