BAGHDAD — At least 82people have been killed and more than 200 injured in two bombings, claimed by terror outfit Islamic State, that hit busy market in Baghdad on Saturday.
The first blast hit the Karrada neighborhood in the early hours of the day, as the territory was pressed with customers after nightfall ahead of the current weeks’ vacation denoting the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramazan.
Soon after the Karrada attack, another blast went off in eastern Baghdad, killing no less than five people.
The IS group issued a statement claiming the Karrada suicide besieging, saying it was carried out by an Iraqi as a as part of the group’s “ongoing security operations”.
The bombing came a week after Iraqi forces completely recaptured Fallujah, a city 50 kilometres west of Baghdad that was a key IS stronghold.
The attack set buildings in the area ablaze, reducing some to charred hulks and also torching shops.
Men carried the bodies of two victims out of one burned building and a crowd of people looked on from the rubble-filled street as firefighters worked at the site.
IS said the bombing targeted members of Iraq’s Shia Muslim majority, whom the Sunni extremists consider heretics and frequently attack in Baghdad and elsewhere.
Bombings in the capital have decreased since IS overran large areas north and west of Baghdad in June 2014, apparently because the jihadists were occupied with operations elsewhere.
But the group has struck back against Iraqi civilians after suffering military setbacks, both as revenge and to portray itself as being on the offensive.
Three arrested with tiger hides
KATHMANDU- The Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) on Tuesday arrested three persons in possession of tiger hides.
The CIB said that Man Bahadur Tamang of Shailung Rural Municipality in Dolakha; Lokmaya Gurung of Barpak Sulikot Rural Municipality in Gorkha district and Amar Singh of Tilathi Koiladi Rural Municipality in Saptari district were arrested from Budhanilkantha in the capital city acting on a tip off about their involvement in smuggling of animals’ hides and skeleton.
All three have been sent to the Division Forests Office, Kathmandu for further actions. According to the Superintendent of Police Sudip Giri, the alleged would be booked as per the National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1973 and CITES Convention, 1975.Follow @gorkhapost