Tuesday, May 30, 2017

ISIS targets the young, then the old in twin bombings


Twin car bombings just hours apart have targeted two groups of people in Baghdad. Young families having a late-night Ramadan snack and older city residents collecting their pensions. ISIS has claimed responsibility for both attacks, which killed 21 people through its affiliate news agency Amaq. The first bomb, which killed 10 people and wounded 40 others, exploded at an ice cream shop in the heart of Baghdad in the early hours of Tuesday. Eyewitnesses described ice cream mixed with blood as the wounded and dead covered the ground. The second went off as elderly residents lined up outside the General Retirement Department waiting for their pensions to be handed out on Tuesday morning. Twelve people died, another 45 were wounded.

--Jessie Birchall

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