By: Elena Grace Flores
25 children and 20 women were among the 125 people dead after a suicide truck bomb exploded in a populous shopping district in Baghdad over the weekend. The Karrada neighborhood were filled with families gathering after breaking the fast for the holy Muslim month of Ramadan in time for Eid al-Fitr – that marks the end of the holiday.
Those people never had a clue on what’s going to happen when they congregated, shopped and watched soccer matches. The bomb-laden truck plowed into a building and then exploded. Firefighters tried to rescue wounded and trapped survivors. The attack was allegedly part of ISIS’s promise to create terror during Ramadan.
A second bomb also exploded the next day at an outdoor market in the Shaab neighborhood of southeastern Baghdad, killing one person and wounding five others. Iraqi security forces and civilians gather at the Karrada bombing site looking for loved ones.