ICC Note: Nearly 200 civilians have either been killed or hospitalized following twin bombings by ISIS in Baghdad, Iraq. Most Christians and other religious minorities have fled Baghdad finding refuge in neighboring Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, or Iraq’s Norther Kurdistan region. Iraq’s military continues to minimize the threat of ISIS influence in Baghdad to prevent a complete takeover, as in Mosul.
2/29/2016 Baghdad (Fox News) – In Iraq, the death toll from devastating back-to-back market bombings carried out by ISIS the previous day in eastern Baghdad climbed to 73 on Monday, officials said.
Several of the critically wounded died overnight while 112 people remain in hospital, two police officials said. Also, at least five people were still missing after the blast that ripped through the crowded Mredi market in the Shiite district of Sadr City, followed by a suicide bombing amid the crowd that had quickly gathered at the site to help the victims.
Three medical officials confirmed the latest death toll, which rose from the toll of 59 reported late Sunday. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.
Iraq’s Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, called on security forces to “exert further efforts to prevent the terrorists from carrying out their crimes against innocent civilians.”
. . .