Massive truck bomb kills 76 in Baghdad

Powerful bomb rips through food market in Baghdad’s Sadr neighbourhood, killing at almost 80

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

People gather at the site of a truck bomb attack at a crowded market in Baghdad, August 13, 2015

Updated Aug 15, 2015

A Massive truck bomb devastated a major food market in Baghdad’s crowded Sadr neighbourhood in the northeast, killing at least 76 people and injuring 200.

The Iraqi police officials say the refrigerated truck packed with explosives detonated in the Jameela market shortly after dawn on Thursday. Al Sadr district is majority shiite.

"A refrigerator truck packed with explosives blew up inside Jamila market at around 6 am [0300 GMT]," police officer Muhsin al-Saedi said. "Many people were killed and body parts were thrown on top of nearby buildings."

ISIS claimed responsibility for the brutal attack via their Twitter account. The militant group said it had targeted the Iraqi army and Shiite militia fighters aiding the government in their battle against ISIS in Anbar.

The statement that was released by ISIS set the death toll at 90.

"We hold the government responsible, fully responsible," witness Ahmed Ali Ahmed said.

ISIS attacks frequently target predominantly Shiite neighborhoods such as Sadr City, with the goal of sending a message to the Shiite-dominated government. The armed insurgency already controls large swaths of Iraq and Syria. Including Iraq’s Mosul and Syria’s Raqqa. According to ISIS, Shiites are heretics, however attacks and atrocities against Sunnis are equally practised.

TRTWorld and agencies