Iraqi police and hospital sources revealed that the recent bomb which went off in a Shi’ite Muslim district of Baghdad killing more than 60 people and wounding an additional 87 others on Wednesday has been claimed by Islamic State.
Most of the victims of this recent Isis car bomb were women as the SUV which was packed with explosives went off near a beauty salon in a bustling market at rush hour in Sadr City. As expected, many of the wounded are in critical condition, sources reveal.
Photos from the scene revealing the aftermath of the car bomb explosion showed hundreds surrounding a chaotic scene. There was blood on the streets, while cars had their windscreens blown out or shattered and an entire sidewalk was nearly destroyed completely.
Amaq news agency, a supporter of Islamic State, said a suicide bomber had targeted Shi’ite militia fighters.
Though Baghdad has tightened security in the city which was the target of daily bombings a decade ago, frequent violence is still targeted at both the security forces and civilians. Also, large blasts sometimes set off reprisal attacks.
The present fight against Isis has triggered and worsened a long-running sectarian conflict in Iraq. The sects that are mostly involved in this conflict are the Shi’ite majority and the Sunni minority.
This sectarian violence also threatens to sabotage the US-backed efforts to dislodge the militant group from vast areas of the north and west of Iraq that they seized in 2014.
The uncompromising Sunni jihadist group, which considers Shi’ites as apostates who abandoned their religious beliefs also claimed a twin suicide bombing in Sadr City in February that killed 70 people.