Iraq Executes 5 Following Deadly Baghdad Bomb Explosions

Iraq Executes 5 Following Deadly Baghdad Bomb Explosions
Tue Jul 5, 2016 09:54:02

The Iraqi Justice Ministry has announced the execution of five Iraqi convicts following two devastating bomb blasts in Baghdad that claimed the lives of over 200 people.

 

An Iraqi woman walks on July 4, 2016 past a building damaged in a car bomb attack at a commercial area in the Karrada neighborhood, Baghdad. (AFP)

On Monday, the ministry released a statement saying that it wished the families of the victims to know "that their brothers in the justice ministry are continuing to deliver just punishment to those whose hands are stained with the blood of Iraqis." It also offered the condolences to the bereaved families.

"Therefore, we would like to announce the implementation of death sentences against five convicts this morning," read the statement.

Iraqi policemen search for bodies of victims on July 4, 2016 inside a building damaged in a car bomb attack at a commercial area in the Karrada neighborhood, Baghdad. (AFP)

Earlier in the day, hundreds of Iraqis held a prayer vigil for the victims of the attacks. The participants lit candles while gathering on the streets of Baghdad’s shopping area of Karrada.

Iraqi men carry a coffin in the holy Iraqi city of Najaf during a funeral procession for the victims of a bombing that ripped through Baghdad’s busy shopping district of Karrada, July 3, 2016. (AFP)

According to police and medical sources, at least 200 people lost their lives and 185 others sustained injuries in the twin attacks early on Sunday.

The first attack occurred at about 1 a.m. local time (2200 GMT Saturday) when a bomber detonated his refrigerator truck packed with explosives in the capital’s south-central neighborhood of Karada.

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