Early Sunday morning, a car bomb exploded on a busy street in the central district of Karrada, mainly Shiaa area. The street was busy with Ramadan shoppers.
Haider al-Abadi IQ PM was met by angry crowds while visiting the scene of the blast on Sunday. A second bomb also exploded at about midnight in a predominantly Shiaa area north of the capital, killing another five people.The bombing in Karrada is the deadliest in Iraq this year.
At least 131 people, including many children, were killed and more than 200 injured in this explosion. The Islamic State of Iraq (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group claimed responsibility for the attack in an online statement, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, a US-based monitoring service.
According to the officials, Many of the victims were children, and there were fears the death toll could rise as more bodies could be lying under the rubble of devastated buildings.
In a separate blast also on Sunday morning, an improvised explosive device went off in a popular market in the mainly Shia neighborhood of al-Shaab.
Reports said at least at least five people were killed in that attack, and 16 were wounded.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the second bombing.
The overall death toll from the two explosions was initially reported to be much lower, and there were conflicting reports about the exact number of people killed.