Iraqi PM vows security changes after Baghdad bombing
IslamNews – A day after deadly dual bombings tore through a crowded market in central Baghdad, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi promised that the intelligence failure “would not be repeated.”
Kadhimi said during an urgent meeting of the National Security Council that his government was working to develop a “comprehensive and effective security plan to meet the coming challenges” that he would personally oversee.
“What happened yesterday is a breach that we do not allow to be repeated. We promised our people to provide security,” said Kadhimi, who tweeted the day before that Iraq’s response would be “bold and earth-shattering.”
Two suicide bombers detonated their explosive vests in the busy Bab al-Sharqi outdoor market in central Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least 32 people and injuring 110. In a statement posted to messaging app Telegram, the Islamic State took credit for the bombings, which the Sunni terrorist group said were meant to target Shiite Muslims.
In response to the attacks, Kadhimi fired the commander of the federal police forces, the deputy interior minister for intelligence affairs and a handful of other Iraqi security officials on Thursday, according to tweets from spokesman Yahia Rasoul.
The twin bombings — the first large-scale attack in Baghdad in three years — occurred in the same clothing market near Tayaran Square, where an IS-claimed attack killed 27 people in January 2018.
Source: Middle East