Iraq mourns after more than 200 killed in Baghdad bombing

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BAGHDAD: Iraqis on Monday mourned the more than 200 people killed by a jihadist-claimed suicide car bombing that was among the deadliest ever attacks in the country. The blast, which the Islamic State group said it carried out, hit the Karrada district early Sunday as the area was packed with shoppers ahead of this week’s holiday marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. The attack sparked anger among Iraqis at the government’s inability to keep them safe even as its forces push IS back, and prompted Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to announce efforts to address longstanding flaws in Baghdad security measures. Abadi’s office announced three days of national mourning for the victims of the attack and he vowed to “punish” the perpetrators of the blast. The attack, which security and medical officials told Agence France-Presse killed at least 213 people and wounded more than 200, came a week after the country’s forces recaptured Fallujah from IS, leaving Mosul as the only Iraqi city under the jihadist group’s control.

AFP

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