Media outlets are learning about a massive car bomb explosion that was just set off in Baghdad, Iraq in a Shiite area. The death count is 63 and rising.
This is tragic:
A car bomb ripped through a commercial area in a predominantly Shiite neighborhood of Baghdad on Wednesday, killing at least 63 people and wounding dozens in an attack that was swiftly claimed by the extremist Islamic State group.
The bomb struck a crowded outdoor market in Baghdad’s eastern district of Sadr City, and left up to 85 people wounded, several seriously, prompting fears the death toll could rise further, officials said.
It was the latest deadly attack to hit the Iraqi capital — a massive bombing that underscored how despite the territorial defeats the Islamic State suffered over the past year, the Sunni extremist group is still capable of launching significant attacks across the country. It has also recently stepped up assaults inside Baghdad, something officials say is an attempt to distract from their battlefield losses.
The bombing also comes at a time of a political deadlock that has paralyzed the work of the Iraqi government and parliament, adding to the country’s complex set of military, security, humanitarian, economic and human rights challenges.
Via Fox News
This is a shame. Islamic terrorist attacks are becoming more frequent and deadly. President Barack Obama has kept our troops from doing their jobs in Iraq, and now the country is in chaos.
This is unacceptable. It’s time to destroy ISIS, now!
— Ruptly (@Ruptly) May 11, 2016
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