Iraq executes 5 a day after bombing

Baghdad bomb kills 200
Iraq Prime Minister Media Office via CNN
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18 July, 2016

The bombing, claimed by the Islamic State group, was the deadliest terror attack in Iraq in a year and one of the worst single bombings in more than a decade of war and insurgency.

The bombing was in the Karrada district, a mostly Shia area, where families were shopping for Eid al-Fitr, the holiday at the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

The death toll following a bombing in Baghdad on Sunday has risen from 175 to 250, according to Iraq's Minister of Health.

The suicide vehicle bombing ripped through Baghdad's Karrada district early on Sunday when it was teeming with shoppers ahead of the holiday marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, sparking infernos in nearby buildings.

Many Iraqis blame their political leadership for lapses in security in Baghdad that have allowed large amounts of explosives to make their way past multiple checkpoints and into neighborhoods packed with civilians.

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More than 300 people were wounded and many died later in hospital.

Ghabban called for a series of changes, including transferring responsiblity for the capital's security from the Baghdad Operations Command to the interior ministry, that would ultimately increase the minister's power.

He said then that security forces outside his control - including units reporting to two counter-terrorism agencies, two Defence Ministry directorates and regional security commands - overlap with his ministry's own counter-intelligence efforts.

A statement from the country's health ministry said DNA testing was being carried out to help identify the remains of 177 victims, so they could be returned to their families.

Hours after the bombing, al-Abadi visited the attack site in Karada, but a furious mob surrounded his convoy, yelling expletives, hurling rocks and shoes at the prime minister's cars and calling him a "thief". Two people were killed in that assault.


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