Families were enjoying a late-night treat at a popular ice cream shop in central Baghdad after breaking their fast from Ramadan when a bomb exploded Tuesday, killing 15 and injuring 27. ISIS militants have claimed responsibility for the attack.
Video obtained from a closed-circuit camera shows a bustling downtown street, with cars passing until the explosion engulfs a building, forcing cars to quickly divert to get away from the blast. Additional videos posted on social media following the attack show injured people crying for help outside of the ice cream shop.
Some of the dead are reportedly children, yet specific numbers have not been confirmed.
According to police and security officials, the bombing occurred in Baghdad’s busy Karrada neighborhood early on Tuesday. ISIS claimed responsibility for the atrocity, contending that a suicide bomber perpetrated the attack. Officials said that the explosives were located in a parked car.
“[ISIS] wants Iraqis to fear going out and this is to show they are still present and able to strike the heart of the Iraqi capital, even as they are being defeated on the battlefield,” Hayder al-Khoei, a London-based Middle East expert, told Al Jazeera.
Brett McGurk, U.S. envoy to the coalition against ISIS tweeted, “Isis [IS] terrorists tonight in Baghdad target children & families enjoying time together at an ice cream shop. We stand w/Iraq against this evil.”
ISIS terrorists tonight in Baghdad target children & families enjoying time together at an ice cream shop. We stand w/Iraq against this evil
— Brett McGurk (@brett_mcgurk) May 29, 2017
— Ali Hadi Al-Musawi (@ahmusawi) May 29, 2017
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