Explosion near Marketplace Kills Six in Northern Iraq

Iraqi people at a funeral of a man killed in the car bomb attack in Al Qayyarah. Iraqi people at a funeral of a man killed in the car bomb attack in Al Qayyarah. AFP

30 October 2018

An explosion in a marketplace in northern Iraq killed at least six people.

On Tuesday 23 October 2018, six people were killed and 30 were wounded following the explosion of a car bomb in Iraq, according to police and medical sources. The explosion occurred in a market of Al Qayyarah.

A car filled with explosives that was parked next to a restaurant blew up near a crowded market in Al Qayyarah. The town is located about 60 kilometers south of Mosul in northern Iraq. Health officials and police initially reported the death toll as four, however warned it could rise as some of the injured were critically wounded. Two soldiers were amongst the six reported dead. As of now, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack. Major-General Najim al-Jabouri, the top Iraqi military commander in Mosul, accused the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) of instigating the attack. He said he was “positive” ISIS was responsible for the attack, and vowed to bring the culprit to justice. A spokesman for the interior ministry also claimed the blast was a “terrorist attack.”

Attacks such as this one are often carried out by Islamic State militants as reported by Reuters. AFP reported that Al Qayyarah was held by the Islamic State for a time in 2014. In December 2017, Iraq declared victory over ISIS and forced the group out of the territories it held following the collapse of ISIS’s self-proclaimed caliphate. Since then, fighters from ISIS have targeted Iraqi civilians and security forces through a campaign of bomb attacks, killings, and kidnappings.




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