At Least 27 Dead After Isis Car Bomb Targets Families During Ramadan
At least 27 people have been killed after two Isis car bombs targeted crowds at the end of their Ramadan fast.
The first explosion took place in the Karrada district of southern Baghdad outside a popular ice cream shop, just after midnight. At least 15 died and 27 were wounded, according to the Independent.
The incident was caught on CCTV, in which a huge fireball can be seen engulfing a building, while cars attempt to get away.
Other clips, uploaded to social media following the attack, show people running away, screaming for help.
A second blast, hours later, during rush hour in the busy Shawaka district is reported to have killed at least 12 and injured 23 more.
ISIS terrorists tonight in Baghdad target children & families enjoying time together at an ice cream shop. We stand w/Iraq against this evil
- Brett McGurk (@brett_mcgurk) May 29, 2017
The attacks happened just a few days into the holy month of Ramadan, which sees Muslims fasting during daylight hours and then breaking fast with families and friends during the night.
Isis has claimed responsibility for both attacks through its Amaq news agency.
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The terrorist group has launched an 'all-out war' during Ramadan. In previous years, there has been an increase in terror attacks from the group during the holy month.
Last year officials from the US State Department warned people a 'call to martyrdom during the month may hold a special allure to some'. Isis members reportedly believe carrying out such attacks during this time are 'good deeds'.
The ice cream shop that was hit is reported to have been targeted twice in the past.
In July last year, during Ramadan, over 300 people were killed after a bomb went off in a shopping mall in Karrada.
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