SHAFAQNA – ISIS has claimed responsibility for a suicide attack at a police checkpoint in Iraq, killing at least 60 people and wounding dozens more.
Responsibility was claimed in a posting on the website of the Amaq news agency, which supports the terrorist organisation. “A operation with a truck bomb hit the Babylon Ruins checkpoint at the entrance of the city of Hilla, killing and wounding dozens,” a statement on the website said.
The attacker struck shortly after noon when the checkpoint at one of the entrances to the city of Hilla was crowded with dozens of cars, a police officer said. Around 39 of the fatalities are believed to be civilians.
In a statement posted on social media, ISIS named the bomber who detonated his explosives-laden truck at a checkpoint as Abu Islam al-Ansari.
“The Rafidha [a derogatory term for Shiites] must understand that the battle has just begun and that the worst is yet to come,” the statement said.
“It’s the largest bombing in the province to date,” Falah al-Radhi, the head of the provincial security committee said. “The checkpoint, the nearby police station were destroyed as well as some houses and dozens of cars.”
ISIS which ideology is rooted in Wahhabism and Takfirism, the former being the expression of the latter, seeks to cleanse the Islamic world of all which it sees as religious deviances: Shiites, Sunnis, Alawites and all other minorities.
A dangerous plague on humanity since it aims to annihilate all faiths, and all religions, Wahhabism has targeted Shiites most of all as they have throughout the centuries stood in opposition to tyranny, and religious intolerance.
The keeper of Islam’s true tradition and teachings Shia Islam has often been portrayed as a deviance on account its loyalty never wavered.
Since ISIS rose over the Islamic world Shiites have been most instrumental in opposing terror.
By Catherine Shakdam for Shafaqna