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At least 126 killed in Baghdad bombings

Reporter: Jack Barton 丨 CCTV.com

07-04-2016 09:12 BJT

At least 126 people, including 25 children, have been killed in terrorist attacks in a busy shopping district in Baghdad. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the deadliest terrorist attack in Iraq. It's the third major incident orchestrated by ISIL in the past week.

BAGHDAD, July 3, 2016 (Xinhua) -- Photo taken on July 3, 2016 shows the car bomb attack site in Karrada-Dakhil district of southern Baghdad, Iraq. Death toll of the suicide car bomb attack at a crowded commercial area in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad early Sunday has risen to 124, while 142 others were wounded, an Interior Ministry source said. The Islamic State group on Sunday claimed responsibility for the attack. (Xinhua/Khalil Dawood)

BAGHDAD, July 3, 2016 (Xinhua) -- Photo taken on July 3, 2016 shows the car bomb attack site in Karrada-Dakhil district of southern Baghdad, Iraq. Death toll of the suicide car bomb attack at a crowded commercial area in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad early Sunday has risen to 124, while 142 others were wounded, an Interior Ministry source said. The Islamic State group on Sunday claimed responsibility for the attack. (Xinhua/Khalil Dawood)

Nearly twenty-four hours after a freezer van packed with explosives tore through central Baghdad, the bodies were still being carried from the ruins… Many were children.

Friends and families of the victims and those simply horrified by the murder of so many innocent people made a makeshift memorial among the charred remains.

But grief and anger were visceral as the search continued into the following evening for the dead and anyone who still might be trapped alive.

Witnesses said the ground shook like an earthquake.

"The carnage here sends a clear message that while ISIL may be losing ground on the battlefield it can still strike back with deadly suicide attacks targeting the most vulnerable," said Jack Barton Baghdad.

Some local officials say it is time the city's various security services end their rivalry and work together.

BAGHDAD, July 3, 2016 (Xinhua) -- Firefighters clean the car bomb attack site in Karrada-Dakhil district of southern Baghdad, Iraq, July 3, 2016. Death toll of the suicide car bomb attack at a crowded commercial area in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad early Sunday has risen to 124, while 142 others were wounded, an Interior Ministry source said. The Islamic State group on Sunday claimed responsibility for the attack. (Xinhua/Khalil Dawood)

BAGHDAD, July 3, 2016 (Xinhua) -- Firefighters clean the car bomb attack site in Karrada-Dakhil district of southern Baghdad, Iraq, July 3, 2016. Death toll of the suicide car bomb attack at a crowded commercial area in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad early Sunday has risen to 124, while 142 others were wounded, an Interior Ministry source said. The Islamic State group on Sunday claimed responsibility for the attack. (Xinhua/Khalil Dawood)

"This is many institutes for security and we need to be in one order," said Mohammed AL Bayd, vice chairman community of security, Baghdad local council.

Security in the capital has been lowered since the nearby city of Fallujah was recaptured from ISIL two weeks ago.
The bombing was the third major attack over the past week with possible links to ISIL.

It followed a triple suicide bombing at Istanbul's Atatürk airport and an attack on a cafe in Bangladesh's capital Dhaka.

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