28 dead in Baghdad twin suicide attack
Published: 05:25 PM, 21 January 2021
The site of a twin suicide bombing attack in a central market is seen in Baghdad, Iraq - Reuters
At least 28 people were killed and 73 others wounded in a twin suicide bombing in an open-air Baghdad market on Thursday morning.
Brigadier General Hazem al-Azzawi, the director of Baghdad Operations Command, told the Iraq News Agency (INA) that a “double explosion” hit a crowded market in the Bab al-Sharji area near Tayaran Square.
According to the interior ministry, the first suicide bomber had rushed into the market and claimed to feel sick, so that people would gather around him. He then detonated his explosives. As people gathered around the victims, a second attacker detonated his bomb, the ministry’s statement added.
Medical sources told AFP news agency they feared the death toll could rise. The health ministry said it had mobilised medics across the capital to respond to the deadly attack.
No group claimed the attack immediately, but suicide attacks have mostly been used by ISIL (ISIS).