BAGHDAD — The death toll from a massive suicide bombing in Baghdad over the weekend has reached 250, Iraq’s Health Ministry says.
The attack, claimed by Islamic State aggressors (IS), was the deadliest of the many car bombings in Baghdad since the 2003 US-led invasion.
The suicide car 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.
Iraq’s interior minister submitted his resignation on Tuesday as authorities sought to contain the public’s anger about the bombing.
“I placed my resignation before the Prime Minister,” Mohammed Ghabban told a news conference, though it was unclear if it would be accepted, and he may yet stay in office.
Mr Ghabban said the explosives-rigged truck came from Diyala province, north of Baghdad, meaning it likely successfully navigated a security checkpoint on the way into the capital.
He described as “absolutely useless” the checkpoints that are littered throughout capital, which have long been a pillar of Government efforts to secure the city.
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced changes to security measures following the blast, including scrapping the fake bomb detectors that were still in use years after the man who sold them to Iraq was jailed for fraud in Britain.
Authorities also hailed the arrest of 40 jihadists who were said to be connected to planned attacks, while the Justice Ministry announced the execution of five convicts, linking the timing to the Baghdad blast.
4 held with illegal pharmaceutical drugs
SUNSARI — Police have arrested four people in possession of illegal pharmaceutical drugs at Dharan on Sunday.
Albert Gurung and Anish Tamang of Munal Chowk in Dharan-10, Nawaraj Gurung of Dharan-15 and Arun Chaudhary of Khanar in Itahari-11 were arrested on charge of smuggling and selling the illegal pharmaceutical drugs, according to the police.
The police arrested the accused during a routine check at Dharan-based Tinkune checkpost. The police have also recovered 630 ampules of nitrazepam, 140 ampules of nitrasone and seven bottles of dilex from the detainees.
The arrestees have been kept under the police custody for further investigation.Follow @gorkhapost