The world was rocked by yet another terrorist bombing on Monday, this time at a marketplace in Baghdad.
The New York Times reported that 36 people lost their lives when a terrorist detonated a truck full of explosives in Baghdad hours after President François Hollande of France arrived in the Iraqi capital. ISIS quickly claimed responsibility for the attack.
Police added that the market was packed with day laborers at the time of the attack, and that an additional 52 people were injured.
Asaad Hashim, 28, an owner of a nearby cellphone store, recounted that the laborers had pushed and shoved each other as they gathered around the terrorist’s vehicle, hoping that he would hire them. They had no idea his truck was full of explosives.
“Then a big boom came, sending them up into the air,” said Hashim, who suffered shrapnel wounds on his right hand. He then blamed “the most ineffective security forces in the world” for failing to prevent the attack.
Many Iraqis have blamed their government for failing to take the proper steps to protect them.
“We have no idea who will kill at any moment and who’s supposed to protect us,” said Ali Abbas, a 40-year-old father of four who was hurled over his vegetable stand by the latest bombing. “If the securities forces can’t protect us, then allow us to do the job.”
Please send prayers to all those affected by this tragedy!