24 killed in twin bombing in Baghdad

Cheryl Sanders
May 31, 2017

On Sunday, less than two days before the ice cream shop attack, a suicide bomber killed four security officers at a security checkpoint northeast of Baghdad.

In an official statement on Tuesday, the Egyptian foreign ministry expressed its condolences to the Iraqi government and the families of the victims, wishing the injured a speedy recovery.

In a second attack, a vehicle bomb exploded near one of the capital's main bridges in the morning, killing 11 people and wounding scores, the officials said.

Daesh issued a statement claiming the attack, identifying the bomber as an Iraqi who was targeting Shia Muslims.

The Islamic State extremist militia claimed responsibility for both blasts, saying it targeted Shiite crowds in both cases.

Videos depicting the gruesome aftermath of the attack showed people covered in blood lying on the ground with some running in panic, fires raging and a plumes of smoke rising from the site. Photos and videos shared on social media revealed the extent of the devastation, depicting bloodied and wounded people crying for help among the burning wreckage. Islamic State declared from Mosul a "caliphate" over parts of Syria and Iraq in 2014.

Baghdad's Karrada street, where the ice cream shop is located, is lined with popular restaurants and cafes.

The bombing, which was claimed by Daesh terrorist group, has wreaked havoc in the area, he said.

A third blast near a government office in Karkh district killed seven and wounded 38 others, Reuters reported.

Brett McGurk, the U.S. envoy to the coalition against ISIS, tweeted, "Isis [IS] terrorists tonight in Baghdad target children & families enjoying time together at an ice cream shop".

ISIS claimed the largest of the attacks and is believed to be involved in a lot of them.

Ramadan is often marked by an increase in violence in Iraq.

An IS truck bomb which ripped through a packed market in the same district during last year's Ramadan killed 300 people, making it the deadliest attack in Baghdad since Saddam Hussein was ousted from power in 2003.

ISIS still now controls the northern city of Mosul, according to ABC News.

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