Baghdad: Toll crosses 94 after 3 car bombs explode

RSTV Bureau
Baghdad : Citizens inspect the scene after a car bomb explosion at a crowded outdoor market in the Iraqi capital's eastern district of Sadr City, Iraq, Wednesday, May 11, 2016. An explosives-laden car bomb ripped through a commercial area in a predominantly Shiite neighborhood of Baghdad on Wednesday, killing and wounding dozens of civilians, a police official said. AP/PTI

Baghdad : Citizens inspect the scene after a car bomb explosion at a crowded outdoor market in the Iraqi capital’s eastern district of Sadr City, Iraq, Wednesday, May 11, 2016. An explosives-laden car bomb ripped through a commercial area in a predominantly Shiite neighborhood of Baghdad on Wednesday, killing and wounding dozens of civilians, a police official said. AP/PTI

The death toll in the triple car blasts in Baghdad has climbed to 94, making Wednesday’s blasts the bloodiest day in the Iraqi capital this year. A total of 150 people were wounded in the three bombings.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for all the three blasts including the one that ripped through a busy market area in Sadr City of northern Baghdad. This was the worst-hit area where close to 64 people died.

The blast set nearby shops on fire and left debris including the charred, twisted remains of a vehicle in the street.

Dozens of angry people gathered at the scene of the bombing, blaming the government for the carnage.

“The state is responsible for the bombings that hit civilians,” said a local resident.

Another suicide car bomb attack killed at least 17 people at the entrance of the northwestern neighbourhood of Kadhimiya, which is home to an important Shiite Muslim shrine. Several security personnel died in the explosion, according to hospital reports.

The third bomb went off in Jamea district in western Baghdad, killing at least 13 people, an interior ministry official and medics told AFP.

IS issued an online statement claiming responsibility for all three attacks. Reports say all of them were suicide bombers.

The UN’s top envoy in Iraq, Jan Kubis, condemned the bloodshed.

“These are cowardly terrorist attacks on civilians who have done nothing but going about their normal daily lives,” he said.

(With inputs from agencies)