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Iraqis Come Together To Pray At Site Of Baghdad Bombing

Nearly 300 Iraqis of various faiths, denominations and walks of life were killed in the ISIS attack.
Iraqis attend Friday prayers during Eid al-Fitr at the site of last weekend's car bomb attack in Baghdad.
Iraqis attend Friday prayers during Eid al-Fitr at the site of last weekend's car bomb attack in Baghdad.

Iraqis came together this week to pray at the site of a car bomb attack that killed nearly 300 people last Saturday.

As Muslims around the world began celebrating Eid al-Fitr ― a three-day religious festival at the end of the holy month of Ramadan ― Shiite and Sunni Iraqis prayed together in Baghdad’s Karrada district on Wednesday.

In front of the burned-out ruins of Karrada shopping complex, now draped with the names of the dead, they held a vigil and lit candles for the victims.

“I say to Daesh (Islamic State), every time you bomb a place you make us more united,” one of the mourners, Muslim Chasib, told Reuters.

On Friday, the Muslim holy day and the final day of Eid, aerial photos by Iraqi photographer Ali Dab Dab showed dozens of people praying in Karrada.

Other images showed Christian clerics and worshippers joining Muslims for Friday prayers beside the shopping complex. 

At least 292 people died there on Saturday in the deadliest car bomb attack in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. Among the hundreds killed were people of all faiths and denominations, artists and dentists, civil servants and students, as well as dozens of children celebrating the end of the school year.

The Islamic State extremist group claimed responsibility for the bombing, saying it was targeting Shiite Muslims. The group struck again on Thursday with a triple suicide attack on a Shiite mausoleum north of Baghdad, killing at least 35 people.

  • Iraqis attend Friday prayers at the site of a suicide car bomb attack over the weekend in Karrada, Baghdad.
    Khalid Al Mousily/Reuters
    Iraqis attend Friday prayers at the site of a suicide car bomb attack over the weekend in Karrada, Baghdad.
  • Iraqis pray in front of a memorial for the victims of the bombing in Karrada. 
    AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images
    Iraqis pray in front of a memorial for the victims of the bombing in Karrada. 
  • Iraqis pray outside the Karrada shopping center.
    AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images
    Iraqis pray outside the Karrada shopping center.
  • Iraqi Christian clerics take part in Friday prayers in Karrada.
    AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images
    Iraqi Christian clerics take part in Friday prayers in Karrada.
  • Iraqis pray amid the ruins of the shopping district on Friday. 
    AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images
    Iraqis pray amid the ruins of the shopping district on Friday. 
  • Christian Iraqis pray for the victims of the bombing at the site of the attack on Friday.
    Khalid Al Mousily/Reuters
    Christian Iraqis pray for the victims of the bombing at the site of the attack on Friday.
  • The prayers come at the last day of Eid, a celebration at the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
    Khalid Al Mousily/Reuters
    The prayers come at the last day of Eid, a celebration at the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
  • Christians light candles at the site of the attack. 
    Khalid Al Mousily/Reuters
    Christians light candles at the site of the attack. 
  • Candles pictured in front of a memorial to the victims at the site of the attack.
    AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images
    Candles pictured in front of a memorial to the victims at the site of the attack.
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