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ICC Note: After a suicide bombing killed 250 people in Baghdad, thousands gathered Wednesday to mourn the loss. Among the mourners were Iraqi Christians carrying candles and posters of the Virgin Mary. The attack took place in a crowded market place with the majority of the victims being women and children. The attack was claimed by the Islamic State, same perpetrator of the Christian genocide in Iraq and Syria.

07/09/2016 Iraq (France 24):Thousands of Iraqis gathered Wednesday at the site of a Baghdad bombing that killed at least 250 people to mourn the dead and express solidarity with those stricken by the blast.

A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle in Baghdad’s Karrada district early Sunday as it teemed with shoppers ahead of the holiday marking the end of the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, sparking infernos in nearby buildings.

The street running between the charred remains of buildings burned in the attack claimed by the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group was packed with people on Wednesday, some carrying Iraqi flags, others holding candles.

Many wept and beat their chests in mourning for the dead.

“We came from all the areas of Baghdad to stand in solidarity with the people of Karrada and the martyrs of Karrada,” said Haider Mohammed Hassan, one of those gathered at the bomb site.

“The Christian community in Iraq, especially in Baghdad, gathered to visit this sorrowful site,” Adel Kanna said.

“I ask God to give patience and fortitude to the families of the martyrs,” he said.

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