Jabouri urges maintaining Iraq’s unity following Baghdad bomb attack

Iraqi security forces inspect the site of a bomb attack in Baghdad. Khalid al Mousily/Reuters

Baghdad ( – Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament Salim al-Jabouri condemned on Monday a double suicide bombing that took place in Baghdad earlier in the day.

During a parliament session, Jabouri urged “maintaining national unity in Iraq and making the utmost use of the great victory achieved over terrorism.”

“We condemn the terrorist acts that targeted innocent people in the Iraqi capital Baghdad and we call on security bodies to take required measures to protect citizens,” Jabouri said.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi chaired a security meeting early on Monday to get acquainted with the latest developments of the terrorist bomb attack that left 121 people killed and injured.

During a meeting with chiefs of military operations commands and intelligence directorates, Abadi ordered tracking down perpetrators of the terrorist attack and bringing them to trial as soon as possible.

In the wee hours of Monday, a twin suicide bombing rocked al-Tayaran Square in central Baghdad, leaving 26 people dead and 95 others injured.

“There are security men among the casualties,” a security source told Baghdad Today, adding that the explosions caused severe damage to vehicles that were at the scene.

Another security source told Shafaq News that the explosions took place “after two suicide bombers wearing explosive belts blew themselves up at a crowded site near al-Tayaran Square where many construction workers were gathered.”

Baghdad has seen almost daily bombings and armed attacks since Islamic State militants emerged in 2014 and proclaimed a self-styled “Caliphate” before a military campaign claimed victory over the militant group early December.

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