No one registered as the perpetrator, in local comments, the blow was linked to the upcoming election.
At least 32 people were killed and more than a hundred were injured Thursday afternoon in Baghdad in two consecutive explosions. Suicide terrorists fired their bombs at the bustling Tayaran market, according to news agency AFP.
The first terrorist pretended to have suffered an illness and gathered around him a group of people offering help. After the crowd had gathered on the scene, the terrorist detonated his bombs. Another bomb exploded when people in the square rushed to the scene to help the victims of the first attack.
The square now has a large flea market, and at least in the past it has also been used as a recruitment place for temporary workers. No organization registered as perpetrator of the attack by Thursday night.
Baghdad conditions have calmed down considerably since the government in late 2017 declared the terrorist organization Isis defeated in Iraqi territory. It’s been three years since the previous, big suicide attack and Thursday’s attack was an almost exact replica of it.
Two suicide bombers detonated their bombs in the same Tayaran Square on January 15, 2018. Two days later, Isis said in a statement he shared with the Telegram messaging service that he was behind the attack.
Newspaper The New York Times however, there were a number of inaccuracies in Isis’ statement at the time which cast doubt on the veracity of the statement. Isis said he made an attack in another square and claimed there were three bombs, even though there were two.
The place however, on the basis of the choice, it seems clear that the target of the attack was specifically Shiite Muslims. In their comments, local authorities linked the forthcoming parliamentary elections.
The 2019 protests drove the Iraqi government into crisis and the Prime Minister, who took office last May Mustafa al-Kadhimi promised early elections next summer. Recently, politicians have been discussing postponing the election until the fall to allow enough time for preparations.
Terrorist acts have accompanied all elections since the United States and its allies invaded Iraq in 2003. The United States has reduced its Iraqi force to 2,500 troops, up from 5,200 a year ago.