ISIS barbarians lured 115 people to their deaths with promise of cheap ice in sweltering conditions… before detonating a truck packed with explosives
Terrorist drove lorry laden with ice into a market in Khan Bani Saad, Iraq
He encouraged locals to gather around, offering discounts for Eid al-Fitr
But beneath the thin layer of ice were three tonnes of deadly explosives
Killer driver waited until truck was surrounded before blowing himself up
115 people were killed and scores injured as the blast left a massive crater
Islamic State barbarians fighting in Iraq lured scores of sweltering citizens to surround a lorry purportedly selling discounted ice before blowing it up and killing 115 people.
A terrorist drove a vehicle packed with more than three tonnes of explosives into the busy market area of Khan Bani Saad, north of the capital Baghdad, on what was a scorching Friday afternoon.
In what is considered one of deadliest attacks in Iraq this decade, the driver called on hundreds of locals to gather around the vehicle, telling them he was selling ice at a heavily discounted price in celebration of Eid al-Fitr – the feast that ends the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
Although ice was visible on the back of the truck, more than three tonnes of explosives were hidden beneath it. The explosion caused by the deadly load being detonated by the Islamic extremist killed 115 innocent people, injured scores more and left a massive crater in the floor of the marketplace.
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Muthanna Saadoun, a municipal employee who drives a street sweeper, used his truck to help put out the fires that the blast caused in the market area.
‘People were burning in their cars because no ambulances or fire engines were able to reach them,’ the 25-year-old said.
ISIS, who were quick to take responsibility for the killing, said the suicide attacker had packed a massive three tonnes of explosives in his vehicle.
The blast left a huge crater in the main street of Khan Bani Saad, only12 miles from Baghdad’s northern outskirts, in Diyala province.
Cuts of charred meat were still hanging from the hooks of one butcher’s stall that was ravaged by flames. Several collapsed buildings were still smouldering 12 hours after the attack.
A child’s toy elephant lay in the middle of the street as a defence ministry bulldozer shovelled the debris and cleaners swept blood-stained water.
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