Horrifying moment ‘ISIS’ suicide bomber blows himself up as double blast kills 32 at Baghdad market

TWIN suicide bombs ripped through a crowded clothing market in central Baghdad this morning, in a suspected ISIS attack killing at least 32 people and injuring over 100 more, officials say.

Witnesses were left sifting through discarded shoes and bodies in “pools of blood” after the blast at the second-hand market in the Bab al-Sharqi commercial area.

Shocking social media footage shows the huge bomb being detonated

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Shocking social media footage shows the huge bomb being detonated
The second bomber travelled on a motorbike before blowing himself up in a crowded street

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The second bomber travelled on a motorbike before blowing himself up in a crowded street

Security forces said they pursued the two bombers before they blew themselves up in the busy open-air market situated in Tayaran Square, in the first suicide attack to target Baghdad in almost two years.

The last suicide attack took place in the same square in January 2018, killing 35 people.

The first bomber reportedly entered the marketplace and lured innocent bystanders to his aid by pretending to be sick and attracting a crowd, before detonating his explosive belt, according to an interior ministry statement.

“One came, fell to the ground and started complaining ‘my stomach is hurting’ and he pressed the detonator in his hand. It exploded immediately,” one stall holder told Reuters news agency.

“People were torn to pieces.”

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The second bomber then drove to the location on a motorbike, as people rushed to help the victims of the first explosive device, before he blew himself up.

There are at least 110 people wounded after the blast.

Footage posted on social media shows the second bomb exploding amongst on a crowded street before an array of bodies are littered across it in the aftermath.

No group has claimed responsibility for the latest attack, although speculation shrouds the militant Islamic group ISIS, who have carried out multiple similar blasts.

Maj. Gen. Tahsin al-Khafaji, spokesman for the Joint Operations Command, which includes an array of Iraqi forces, said: “This is a terrorist act perpetrated by a sleeper cell of the Islamic State.”

Pictures show the shocking aftermath of the twin suicide bombing

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Pictures show the shocking aftermath of the twin suicide bombingCredit: AP:Associated Press
Over 100 people have been left injured after the blast

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Over 100 people have been left injured after the blastCredit: AFP or licensors
Security forces were deployed and road blocks erected for safety

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Security forces were deployed and road blocks erected for safetyCredit: Alamy Live News
Mourners carry the coffin of a victim of the bombings through the city

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Mourners carry the coffin of a victim of the bombings through the cityCredit: Reuters

He said it was an attempt at ISIS trying to “prove its existence” after the Iraqi government declared victory on its war against the terrorist group in late 2017.

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Civil Defence chief Maj-Gen Kadhim Salman said: “(IS) terrorist groups might be standing behind the attacks.”

Despite seeing a decrease in violence in recent years, Iraq continues to be plagued by sleeper cells who continue to target security forces.

Officials are regularly ambushed and targeted with improvised explosive devices in rural areas of Kirkuk and Diyala.

It is the first suicide bombing in almost 2 years to hit Baghdad

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It is the first suicide bombing in almost 2 years to hit BaghdadCredit: Alamy Live News
The second-hand market was busy due to a ease in coronavirus restrictions

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The second-hand market was busy due to a ease in coronavirus restrictionsCredit: Alamy Live News
Iraq's last suicide attack took place in the same square in January 2018

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Iraq’s last suicide attack took place in the same square in January 2018Credit: EPA
A stall holder who witnessed the bomb said, "People were torn to pieces"

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A stall holder who witnessed the bomb said, “People were torn to pieces”Credit: Reuters

Suicide bombings have become rare in Baghdad after ISIS’ defeat, although the group have continued to stage sophisticated attacks in northern Iraq where they still maintain a presence.

Iraqi President Barham Salih said in a tweet: “The twin terrorist bombings against the safe citizens of Baghdad at this time confirm the attempts and endeavors by dark groups to target the national needs and aspirations of the Iraqi people for a peaceful future.

“We stand firmly against these rogue attempts to destabilise our country,” he added.

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The Health Ministry announced that all of its hospitals in the capital had been mobilised to treat the wounded, as security forces were deployed and road blocks put in place.

Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi has held an emergency meeting with top security officers at the Baghdad Operations Command headquarters.

The twin bombings come just days after Iraq’s government unanimously agreed to hold early elections in October instead of June, to provide electoral authorities more time to register new voters and parties.

Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets to demand political change last year and more than 500 were killed by security forces use of live rounds and tear gas as protestors called for an end to corruption and poor services.

Iraq is also battling an immense economic crisis, exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic, due to low oil prices.

Some of the dead are already being buried after the blast

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Some of the dead are already being buried after the blastCredit: Reuters
At least 32 people have died after the bombing

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At least 32 people have died after the bombingCredit: EPA
A member of the security force stands next to a victims coffin

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A member of the security force stands next to a victims coffinCredit: Reuters
Hundreds of Iraqi's are mourning loved ones lost in the bombing

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Hundreds of Iraqi’s are mourning loved ones lost in the bombingCredit: Reuters
ISIS are under suspicion for the attack but responsibility has not yet been claimed by any groups

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ISIS are under suspicion for the attack but responsibility has not yet been claimed by any groupsCredit: AFP or licensors
One bomber pretended to be sick before detonating his device

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One bomber pretended to be sick before detonating his deviceCredit: EPA
The bombing occurred early on Thursday morning at the busy market

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The bombing occurred early on Thursday morning at the busy marketCredit: Reuters


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