Twin suicide bombings in central Baghdad kill 20

Twin suicide bombings in central Baghdad kill 20
The attack targeted people shopping at a clothing market in Tayaran Square. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: Iraqi officials say at least 20 people have been killed and 40 others injured in a twin suicide bombings at a crowded commercial area in Iraq’s capital, Baghdad.

The bombers blew themselves up at a clothing market in Baghdad’s Tayaran Square as they were pursued by security forces.

The last attack in the city was in January 2018, which killed 35 people in the same square.

No group has said it carried out Thursday’s attack, but suspicion will fall on the jihadist group Islamic State.

The Iraqi government declared victory in its war against the militant group at the end of 2017.

However, sleeper cells continue to wage a low-level insurgency in Iraq, operating mainly in rural areas and targeting security forces.

Yehia Rasool, Iraqi military spokesman, said Thursday’s suicide bombings was “carried out by two suicide bombers who detonated themselves when pursued by security forces” through the Bab Sharqi area.

The suicide bombers targeted an open-air market for second-hand clothes in Tayaran Square, which was busy following almost a year of coronavirus-related restrictions.

A video posted on social media purportedly showed the second bomb exploding among a small crowd in the area. Other footage showed bodies strewn across the ground in the explosion.

Ambulances rushed to the scene to take the many wounded to hospitals across the capital Baghdad.

Such attacks have become rare in Baghdad since the military defeat of Islamic State by Iraqi security forces, who were supported by a US-led multinational coalition and Iran-backed paramilitary forces.

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