We’ve become almost inured to the near daily count of dead and wounded as a result of Islamic terror attacks perpetrated by ISIS, affiliated and non-affiliated groups. The further it is “over there,” the less we tend to care. But it is the same ideology, the same savagery whether it is in Orlando, Istanbul, Dhaka…or now Baghdad.
The BBC reports At least 79 people have been killed and 131 injured in an explosion last night claimed by the Islamic State group in Baghdad, Iraqi police say.
A car bomb exploded near a restaurant and shopping area in the central district of Karrada late on Saturday.
The street was busy with shoppers after sundown in the holy month of Ramadan, which ends this week.
The hardline Sunni jihadist group claimed responsibility for the car bomb in Karrada in an online statement distributed by supporters.
There are reports that the source of the blast, which struck close to midnight, was a refrigerator van packed with explosives.
Many of those killed in the attack were children, Associated Press reported. Families gathered on the street on Sunday morning for news of loved ones who were still missing.
A second bomb also exploded at about midnight in a predominantly Shia area north of the capital, killing another five people.
This latest deadly attack took place in the central Karrada district when Iraqis, like many Muslims in the Arab world, gather in large numbers in juice bars and cafes during the holy month of Ramadan.
Angry residents chased the convoy of the Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi with stones and bricks when he tried to visit the scene of the carnage few hours after the explosion.
How different in our country. In the United States after an Islamic terror attack, our commander in chief goes on television to blame Republicans, the NRA and Donald Trump. In Iraq, citizens blame their prime minister for not keeping them safe. Interesting.