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Baghdad bombing: twin explosions kill more than 200

Catch Team | Updated on: 4 July 2016, 20:14 IST

The death toll from Saturday's suicide bombing in Baghdad has risen to 200.

A suicide truck bomb ripped through a busy shopping district in Baghdad, killing more than 100 in the heart of the packed Karrada neighbourhood including 25 children and 20 women.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.

An Iraqi woman walks on 4 July, 2016 past a building damaged by a suicide-bombing attack which took place a day earlier in Baghdad's Karrada neighbourhood. Iraqis mourned the more than 200 people killed by a jihadist-claimed suicide car bombing that was among the deadliest ever attacks in the country. The blast, which the Islamic State group said it carried out, hit the Karrada district early on 3 July as the area was packed with shoppers ahead of this week's holiday marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan (AFP Photo/Ahmad Al-Rubaye)
A fire fighter cleans up the streets after workplaces and houses were damaged in car bomb blast, claimed by the terrorist organisation DAESH, in the Karrada neighborhood of Baghdad, Iraq (Amir Saadi/Anadolu/Getty Images)
Damaged car is lifted after a suicide car bombing (Amir Saadi/Anadolu/Getty Images)
An Iraqi security personnel carries a dead body of a citizen after a suicide car bombing, claimed by the terrorist organisation DAESH, in the Karrada neighborhood of Baghdad (Amir Saadi/Anadolu/Getty Images)

The mainly Shia area was busy with shoppers when the terrorists struck.

As people congregated, shopped and watched soccer matches, the bomb-laden truck ploughed into a building housing a coffee shop, stores and a gym.

The explosion caused a huge fire on the main street. Several buildings including the popular al-Hadi Centre were badly damaged.

The second bomb also exploded at about midnight in a predominantly Shia area north of the capital, killing another five people.

The bomb blasts in Karrada is the deadliest attack in Iraq in a year and one of the worst single bombings in more than a decade of war and insurgency.

Text by Sehar Qazi

Photos curated by Priyata Brajabasi

Damaged vehicles and buildings are seen at the site of a suicide car bombing (Amir Saadi/Anadolu/Getty Images)
Iraqi people who lost their relatives mourn in the Karrada neighborhood of Baghdad, Iraq (Amir Saadi/Anadolu/Getty Images)
Iraqi woman who lost her relatives cries in Karrada (Amir Saadi/Anadolu/Getty Images)
Iraqi people carry a wounded citizen after a suicide car bombing (Amir Saadi/Anadolu/Getty Images)

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First published: 4 July 2016, 20:14 IST
 
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