Victory over ISIS Terrorists Close: Iraqi PM

Victory over ISIS Terrorists Close: Iraqi PM
Sun Jul 3, 2016 21:27:04

Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi vowed Sunday that his administration will punish the perpetrators of the twin bombings in the capital, Baghdad, saying that victory over Takfiri terrorists is close.

During the early hours of Sunday, a bomb planted on a truck went off at a busy commercial street in the Shia neighborhood of Karradah, leaving at least 125 people dead and at least 147 others wounded.

The Karradah blast was followed by a second attack that was carried out at an outdoor market in the Shaab neighborhood in southeastern Baghdad, killing one person and injuring five more.

In a message posted on Twitter, the ISIS Takfiri terrorist group claimed responsibility for the bombings.

The Iraqi premier, who visited the site of the blast in Karradah, said the ISIS terrorists have desperately resorted to bomb attacks targeting civilians in the wake of their recent heavy defeats at the hands of the Iraqi army and volunteer fighters in the battlefront.

On June 18, Iraqi forces launched an offensive against ISIS to retake the southern part of Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, and the town of Qayyarah, one day after the forces fully liberated the strategic city of Fallujah. ISIS proclaimed Mosul as its headquarters in Iraq when it overtook the city in 2014.

Meanwhile, Iraqi President Fouad Masum called on the security service to take urgent measures to eliminate the “dormant terrorist cells” in the capital and bring the perpetrators of the Sunday carnage to justice. He said ISIS carried out the bomb attacks “to avenge the defeat” in Fallujah.

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