Iraq: 120 Civilians Killed in Deadly Suicide Bomb Blast

Iraq: 120 Civilians Killed in Deadly Suicide Bomb Blast 21 July 2015

The International Gulf Organization for Human Rights (iaIGO) vehemently denounces the suicide bomb explosion in north of Baghdad, Iraq that claimed the lives of about 120 civilians including 15 children.

A latest suicide car explosion occurred in a busy market area in the Iraqi town of Khan Bani Saad, north of the capital Baghdad. The deadly incident occurred as people were actively shopping for the Eid al-Fitr holiday celebrations marking the end of Ramadan.

 According to a statement by ISIL militants who claimed responsibility of the attack, a car full carrying tons of explosives was driven into the market and suddenly detonated by the suicide bomber. The explosion killed at least 120 civilians including 15 innocent children and more than 130 others were severely injured by the blast. Security officials said that this recent single attack is one of the deadliest in the country in a decade that not only claim lives but also destroyed several properties.

iaIGO strongly condemns these terrorist attacks and sees it as a gross violation of international and regional human rights laws  as well as international laws which may amount to crime against humanity. The 1997 International Convention for the Suppression of Terrorist Bombings describes anybody as committing a criminal offense if he/she unlawfully and intentionally uses explosives in public places with the intention to kill, to injure, or to cause extensive destruction to compel a government or an international organization to do or to abstain from doing some act. The convention equally urges its member states to take measures to investigate and prosecute perpetrators of such terrorist acts.

Since taking parts of Syria and of Iraq a little over a year, ISIL militants have carried out numerous suicide attacks which have claimed hundreds of lives. The extremist group captured parts of Diyala province in northeast Iraq last year; but they were later ousted by the Iraqi military forces although they still have a presence there. Just last week, they carried out a series of suicide bombings in Baghdad itself which resulted in the death of 28 people.

Therefore, iaIGO calls on the Iraqi government to promptly investigate the recent bombings and to hold accountable those responsible for the attacks. iaIGO equally urges the Iraqi government to step up its security efforts to ensure the security of its citizens from ISIL insurgency. iaIGO further calls on the UN Security Council to work collaboratively with Middle Eastern countries to neutralize terrorists’ attacks and violence in the region.