Iraq: Series of Suicide Bomb Attacks in Baghdad Kills 28 Civilians

Iraq: Series of Suicide Bomb Attacks in Baghdad Kills 28 Civilians 14 July 2015

The International Gulf Organization for Human Rights (iaIGO) strongly condemns the wave of suicide bombings in Baghdad, Iraq’s capital which have resulted in the death of at least 28 people and scores of others wounded.

A recent report from Iraq reveals that a series of deadly suicide bomb attacks have been carried out in several place in the capital of Baghdad causing severe civilian casualties. The northeastern area of Al-Shaab was severely hit by two explosions, near a market leaving 11 people dead including three security officers. At least 23 other civilians sustained great injured from the bomb blast. In the northwestern part of Baghdad on Adan square, a suicide attacker blew up his car bomb killing six people and wounded 20 others.

Another suicide car bomb also exploded near a popular restaurant in Al Bunuk area, killing about nine civilians and leaving 11 injured while two other people were killed and eight wounded in another explosives-laden vehicle incident in the Iskan neighborhood.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for any of the suicide attacks, but in recent times, such attacks have mostly been carried out by the ISIS extremists group.

After a years-old midnight curfew was uplifted in February this year, Iraqi especially its capital, Baghdad has been plagued by series of bombings caused by either ISIL or other jihadist groups. Iraqi forces had retaken areas around Baghdad from ISIL and dismantled a huge car bomb-making cell.

iaIGO denounces these suicide bomb attacks and reiterates that it is a direct violation of international humanitarian and human rights laws. According to the International Convention for the Suppression of Terrorist Bombings any person commits a terrorist offense if he or she “unlawfully and intentionally detonates an explosive or other lethal device in, into or against a place of public use with the intent to cause death or serious bodily injury.” The convention further mandates all state parties “to establish jurisdiction over and make punishable, under their domestic laws, the offences described, to extradite or submit for prosecution persons accused of committing or aiding in the commission of the offence.”

iaIGO calls on the Iraqi government to swiftly investigate on the suicide bomb attacks and to arrest and prosecute perpetrators of these heinous crimes. iaIGO urges all the governments in the region to work collaboratively to prevent and eliminate terrorist suicide attacks of such nature by militant groups. iaIGO also calls on the UN Security Council to provide expert advice and military support to Iraq assisting them in combating terrorism in the region.