ISIS Celebrates the End of Ramadan by Blowing Up 115 Iraqis

Posted by on Jul 20, 2015 at 6:52 am
Civilians inspect a crater caused by a suicide car bombing at a busy market in Khan Bani Saad in the Diyala province, about 20 miles (30 kilometers) northeast of Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, July 18, 2015. A suicide car bombing in Iraq's eastern Diyala province killed at least 80 people gathered at a marketplace to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan on Friday. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

But remember, the Confederate flag and tax cuts are the greatest threats facing humanity.

Islamic State barbarians fighting in Iraq lured scores of sweltering citizens to surround a lorry purportedly selling discounted ice before blowing it up and killing 115 people.

A terrorist drove a vehicle packed with more than three tonnes of explosives into the busy market area of Khan Bani Saad, north of the capital Baghdad, on what was a scorching Friday afternoon.

In what is considered one of deadliest attacks in Iraq this decade, the driver called on hundreds of locals to gather around the vehicle, telling them he was selling ice at a heavily discounted price in celebration of Eid al-Fitr – the feast that ends the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

Although ice was visible on the back of the truck, more than three tonnes of explosives were hidden beneath it. The explosion caused by the deadly load being detonated by the Islamic extremist killed 115 innocent people, injured scores more and left a massive crater in the floor of the marketplace.

Residents recounted scenes of horror in the aftermath of Friday’s attack, in which officials said at least 15 children were among the dead.

Muthanna Saadoun, a municipal employee who drives a street sweeper, used his truck to help put out the fires that the blast caused in the market area.

‘People were burning in their cars because no ambulances or fire engines were able to reach them,’ the 25-year-old said.

ISIS, who were quick to take responsibility for the killing, said the suicide attacker had packed a massive three tonnes of explosives in his vehicle.

The blast left a huge crater in the main street of Khan Bani Saad, only12 miles from Baghdad’s northern outskirts, in Diyala province.

Cuts of charred meat were still hanging from the hooks of one butcher’s stall that was ravaged by flames. Several collapsed buildings were still smouldering 12 hours after the attack.

A child’s toy elephant lay in the middle of the street as a defence ministry bulldozer shovelled the debris and cleaners swept blood-stained water.

‘What we witnessed…cannot be described. Fire, bodies, wounded, women and children screaming… Khan is now a disaster zone,’ said Salem Abu Moqtada, 34, who sells vegetables in the market.

‘The toll so far is 90 martyrs and 120 wounded, and we have between 17 and 20 missing,’ Abbas Hadi Saleh, the top official in Khan Bani Saad, which is mainly  Shiite with a Sunni minority said.

Since his comments, the death has risen to more than 100 as bodies were still being retrieved from the rubble of collapsed buildings.

‘Every year (during Ramadan) there’s a bombing. We are guilty of being Shiite,’ Saleh said. ‘This is the biggest in Diyala since 2003.’

Maybe they should ban Ramadan.


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