At least 13 people lost their lives and 24 were injured after an Islamic State-claimed explosion rocked a shop serving ice cream in central Baghdad just after midnight on Tuesday. The moment of the blast was captured on CCTV footage.
Iraqi officials said the powerful explosion in Baghdad’s Karrada district originated from a vehicle, rigged with IEDs, that was parked nearby. The assailants reportedly triggered the bomb remotely. The blast hit the shop shortly after midnight, at the time many Muslims break their fast observed during daylight hours of the holy month of Ramadan.
Footage captured by a CCTV camera and uploaded online revealed the terrifying moment the bomb went off. It shows a huge blast lighting up the night sky and then starting a fire in the street.
Videos depicting the gruesome aftermath of the attack showed people covered in blood lying on the ground with some running in panic, fires raging and a plumes of smoke rising from the site. Several children, some of them injured and visibly distressed, can be seen wandering at the site of the explosion near the dead bodies. Another heart-wrenching video posted by Hayder al-Khoei shows a man standing over a lifeless body and shouting, “He’s getting married in two weeks!”
The brutal attack was claimed by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS, ISIL), AP reported. The terrorist group reportedly justified targeting the shop with civilians by labelling it a Shia gathering place. Karrada is an upscale neighborhood boasting large Shia population and is also one of the two major Christian districts in the Iraqi capital.