Iraq stirred by bombings, PM tells police to stop using fake bomb detectors

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The site of a suicide car bombing in Baghdad’s central Karrada district.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in a reaction to the car bombings that killed more than 130 and injured 187 people in Baghdad on July 3, has asked the security services to abandon the use of fake bomb detectors at various check-points.

The attack, claimed by Islamic State (IS) is one of the deadliest attacks in the history of Iraq.

The attack happened before the Ramadan was about to end.

The Prime Minister has ordered new and better system to be installed for security checks.

The blast took place in Karada, a Shiite area, where a van with explosives was parked near a building having multiple outlets in it. People were gearing up for the Eid-al-Fitr. The second blast happened on a busy street of east Baghdad, also a Shiite area.

Following the massacre, a fresh probe has been ordered by the Prime Minster into the corrupt deals over the purchase of AED 651 devices. These devices were actually lost golf balls finders but were sold to Iraq and other nations as hand-held bomb detectors.

James McCormick, the British businessman who sold the AED devices to Iraq and other nations, was sentenced 10 years in jail in Britain for risking the lives of people. According to police officials, he had earned a fortune of $40 million by duping many nations and security agencies including United Nations.