In Baghdad, a huge explosion of the intended variety

ISIS has been carrying out terrorist attacks all over Iraq as the military operation to drive them out of Anbar Province has gotten underway, but none of them have been as devastating as the one that was carried out earlier today in Baghdad’s majority Shiʿa Sadr City area:

At least 76 people were killed and 212 wounded on Thursday in a blast claimed by Islamic State in Baghdad’s Sadr City, police and medical sources said, one of the biggest attacks on the capital since Haider al-Abadi became prime minister a year ago.

“A refrigerator truck packed with explosives blew up inside Jamila market at around 6 a.m. (0300 GMT),” police officer Muhsin al-Saedi said. “Many people were killed and body parts were thrown on top of nearby buildings.”

A statement circulated online by supporters of Islamic State said the blast had targeted what it called a stronghold of the “charlatan army” and Shi’ite Muslim militias.

Unlike Tianjin, when something blows up in Baghdad these days, it’s probably because somebody wanted it to.

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