Three separate bombings just took place in Baghdad today. More than 100 are hurt and 63 people are confirmed dead.
Here are the tragic details so far:
Three bombings killed at least 63 people and wounded more than 100 in Baghdad on Tuesday, police and medical sources said, extending the deadliest spate of attacks in the Iraqi capital so far this year.
A suicide bombing claimed by Islamic State in a marketplace in the northern, mainly Shi’ite Muslim district of al-Shaab killed 38 people and wounded over 70, while a car bomb in nearby Shi’ite Sadr City left at least 19 more dead and 17 wounded.
Another car bomb, in the mixed Shi’ite-Sunni southern neighborhood of al-Rasheed, killed six and wounded 21, the sources said, in what a military spokesman described as a suicide attack.
Security has improved somewhat in Baghdad in recent years, even as the Sunni militant Islamic State (IS) seized swathes of the country almost up to the outskirts of the capital.
But attacks claimed by IS in and around the city last week killed more than 100 people, sparking anger in the streets over the government’s failure to ensure security.
There are fears that Baghdad could relapse into the bloodletting of a decade ago when sectarian-motivated suicide bombings killed scores of people every week.
— New Day (@NewDay) May 17, 2016
ISIS clearly will murder anyone in the name of their radical Islamic worldview. And because President Barack Obama hasn’t been willing to confront ISIS, these attacks around the world have increased.
It is time to deal with ISIS and blow them off the Earth. They don’t want to negotiate… They want to kill innocent people! And we must take action before bombings like this happen in America.
This is a breaking news story. We will update as more details become available.