(UPDATED) ISIS attack has claimed responsibility for the two blasts in eastern Iraq.
- About 40 are reported dead after the attack on civilians in a marketplace in Baquba, in eastern Iraq.
- Up to 72 others are wounded.
On Monday, the ISIS attack took place at a market in Huwaidar, about 2.5 miles north of the provincial capital of Baquba. A second car bomb at a checkpoint east of the city reportedly killed at least seven and wounded approximately 25, medical officers said. Baquba was the scene of fierce fighting last year between Islamic State (IS) fighters and pro-government militants.
Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is a Salafi jihadi extremist militant group and self-proclaimed caliphate and Islamic state which is led by Sunni Arabs from Iraq and Syria. As of March 2015, it has control over territory occupied by ten million people in Iraq and Syria, as well as limited territorial control in Libya and Nigeria. The group also operates or has affiliates in other parts of the world including South Asia.
In less than a month after a massive suicide ISIS attack left at least 120 dead in Khan Bani Saad, in the eastern province of Diyala, the attack targeted mostly Shiite areas.
According to Diyala police captain, Mohammed al-Tamimi, “The attacker managed to pass a checkpoint by lining up with a wedding motorcade and then split off with his explosives packed vehicle to blow it up in a crowded marketplace.”
The Government forces managed to take control of the city but ISIS attack continue across Diyala province. Last month, ISIS bombed a crowded marketplace in the province, killing 115 people who had gathered to mark the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Security in Diyala was stepped up after the July bombing, particularly around Baquba.IMAGE/Reuters