Twin suicide attacks kill at least 38 in Iraq

Iraqi security forces on the site of the bomb attack in Baghdad Iraqi security forces on the site of the bomb attack in Baghdad Khalid al Mousily/Reuters

15 January 2018
At least 38  people were killed and more than 100 were wounded in a twin suicide bombing in a central area of Baghdad, the Iraqi capital.

In the morning of January 15, two explosions caused the death of at least 38 people in Baghdad, the capital city of Iraq. According to Iraqi Health Ministry, two men detonated explosive vests in Aviation Square, a central and commercial area of the city. At the moment of the suicide attacks, the place was really crowded with civilians going to work. More than 100 people have been wounded and the death toll is expected to rise. All the roads around the square have been closed.

No groups have already claimed the responsibility, but Islamic State (ISIS) is believed to be involved. At the end of 2017, the Iraqi government declared victory over ISIS after a three-years-long war, but this terrorist organisation is still carrying out some suicide attacks in the country. Since the beginning of 2018, two suicide bombers have already targeted a security checkpoint near Arden Square and the al-Tarmiyah area, both in the northern part of Baghdad. The two attacks provoked much death and injured.

According to Ahmed Rushdi, the director of the House of Iraqi Expertise Foundation, the recent attacks show that, despite the victory over ISIS, the government and the intelligence network are still not able to control the capital city. The civilian population is more and more worried and confused because it is receiving contrast messages about the power and the effective presence of the Islamic State.


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