Image shows the suicide car bombing in Kerrada shopping mall in Baghdad.
The Islamic State (ISIS) is known to have huge financial support from rogue nations and double-dealing international organizations whose interests get better in chaos, and now there are speculations that the group may have a team of bomb experts as well as scientists under its payroll.
A recent report of theft and desertion within the terror group is only a setback they’ll get over in time, but we worry most on the new tactical ISIS has introduced in its wickedness against innocent citizens.
The weapon that has been described as “unique, strange, and terrible”, is an undetectable car bomb that the terrorist group used in Baghdad on July 3—its deadliest attack yet that killed 292 Iraqis, the BBC reports.
Image shows onlookers at the scene of Baghdad’s deadliest bombing.
“Daesh [known in the Western world as ISIS] used, for the first time, a new tactic which helped it to move undetected through checkpoints,” a Western security source told the BBC.
“We’ve never seen it before, and it’s very worrying.”
As bloody as it was, the bombing in Baghdad was but the worst of a wave of global terrorism in recent days attributed to militants aligned with the Islamic State, writes The New York Times. Seemingly unconnected to any political purpose and intended to kill indiscriminately, be it by gunfire, explosions or, in the case of a restaurant in Bangladesh, an arsenal including swords, the violence has cut across religions, national identities, ages and professions.
Image show relatives at a funeral, following the deadliest bombing in Baghdad.
The way the ISIS placed the explosives in the van and the amount of chemicals they put together to make a VBIED—vehicle-borne improvised explosive device—were unique, according to the report.
“It’s really difficult to make,” an explosives expert said.
The bomb-makers are believed to have taken a formula “available on the Internet,” and then adjusted the quantities of the chemicals and explosives to reduce the risk of detection and increase the bomb’s impact at the same time.
Image shows location of the bombing.
“We are used to big fires but the chemicals in this bomb were used for the first time in Iraq,” said Brigadier General Kadhim Bashir Saleh of the Civil Defence Force.
“It was unique, strange, and terrible.”
The terrorists parked the van on a narrow street and detonated the bomb inside just after midnight shortly before the Eid Festival when the shops were packed with people.
Witnesses said the heat created by the first blast was “as hot as the surface of the sun.”
One of the firemen who rushed to the scene said he had “never seen anything like it” in describing the blazing orange fireball that engulfed the entire street.
“We were ready to jump into the fire to save people. We did everything we could but this was an overwhelming attack,” Chief Sergeant Habib Dewan said.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the deadly attack which killed nearly 300 Iraqis.
Reports confirmed that all victims were Iraqis.
Image shows the shopping mall bombing in Karrada, Baghdad.
Desperate to respond to the public’s grief and anger, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi tried to assuage Iraqis’ desire for revenge, after the grieving public called for his resignation.
Mr Abadi promised to speed the executions of Islamic State militants on death row.
Later in the day, the Justice Ministry announced that five convicted terrorists had been executed, and images of their hangings were shown on state television.
The Prime Minister also announced a series of new security measures, most prominently an order that the Iraqi police and soldiers stop using bomb detectors that long ago were determined to be fakes.