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119 dead as car bomb rips through Baghdad shoppers (Relevant GS Mains Paper II & III, Topic: Terrorism, International security)

A suicide car bombing ripped through a busy Baghdad shopping district  on Sunday killing at least 119 people in the deadliest attack this year in Iraq's capital. The bombing also wounded more than 180 people.
The blast hit the Karrada district early in the day as the area was packed with shoppers ahead of this week's holiday marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. It came a week after Iraqi security forces recaptured Fallujah from IS, leaving Mosul as the only Iraqi city under the jihadist group's control.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi visited the site of the attack and vowed "punishment" for the perpetrators. Abadi's office announced three days of mourning for the victims. ISIS issued a statement claiming responsibility for the suicide bombing, saying it was carried out by an Iraqi as part of "ongoing security operations". This comes just after Dhaka terror attacks carried out by ISIS.



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