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Iraq's interior minister resigns after massive Baghdad bomb attack

The Karada bombing Sunday was the deadliest to hit the Iraqi capital since the campaign to push the Islamic State from the country began in earnest almost two years ago.

Some 187 people were killed and more than 250 were injured, said a health official who declined to be named because he was not authorized to give the information.

The militant group said the blast targeted Iraq's Shia majority, whom the extremists consider heretics and frequently attack in Baghdad and elsewhere.

In announcing he had submitted his resignation, Interior Minister Mohammed Salem al-Ghabban told a news conference the government needs to hand over complete control of security inside Iraqi cities to the Interior Ministry.

Ghabban called for a series of changes, including transferring responsibility for the capital's security from the Baghdad Operations Command to the interior ministry that would ultimately increase the minister's power.

High Commissioner Zeid acknowledges Iraq needs fighters in its ongoing battles with IS; but, he urges authorities to take serious action to prevent militias allied to the government from carrying out further atrocities. A day later, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered the country's security services to stop using the fraudulent bomb detectors that have become a fixture at security checkpoints across the country.

"Bombing the heck out of (Islamic State's capital) Raqqa is not going to stop this stuff", said Paul Pillar, a veteran Central Intelligence Agency analyst now at Georgetown University.

Investigators taking samples from the wreckage of the latest bombing suggested that napalm, or a variation of it, may have been used in the blast that ignited huge fires in three-level shopping complexes on either side of a road.

The bombing follows attacks in Turkey and Bangladesh over the past week that many have linked to the Islamic State.

 

 



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