Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Envoy warns Filipinos in Iraq of more possible attacks as Ramadan ends

A Philippine embassy official in Iraq on Sunday warned Filipinos of more possible attacks following overnight deadly bombings in Baghdad that left more than 20 people dead and dozens more injured.
Chargé d'Affaires Elmer Cato of the Philippine Embassy in Baghdad said the city was hit Saturday night by two bombings, leaving 24 people dead and 61 others wounded.
"More such attacks are expected not just in Baghdad but in other places in Iraq as the end of Ramadan draws near," Cato said on his Facebook account.
He asked Filipinos in Iraq to "remain vigilant especially in the coming days."
"Please restrict your movement and avoid public places. Please get in touch with us (Philippine embassy) the way some of our kababayans did immediately after these latest incidents so we could alert the other members of the community," he added.
A car bomb blew up near a restaurant at the popular Karrada shopping area. Iraqis like to eat out late during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which ends next week.
The second blast  hit al-Shaab, a popular Shi'ite district.
The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attacks. —ALG, GMA News

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