Iraq’s interior minister resigns after deadly blast in Baghdad

Iraq’s interior minister resigns after deadly blast in Baghdad
Iraqi Interior Minister Mohammed Salem al-Ghabban speaks during an interview with Reuters in Baghdad, Iraq June 14, 2016. REUTERS/Ahmed Saad
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BAGHDAD — Iraqi Interior Minister Mohammed Salim al-Ghaban handed in his resignation to Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Tuesday (July 5) as security conditions in the country have plunged into a crisis.

Ghaban held a press conference in Baghdad announcing he is not prepared to continue his position in the Iraqi government due to the security situation in the country.

“We can continue in our positions after we have come to solutions on these issues,” Ghaban added. “Circumstances should not continue this way.”

“The Ministry of Interior could not carry out its role and there were external forces intervening in internal affairs,” Ghaban said. “The country will not be successful unless all forces gather into one firm system.”

The minister’s resignation came after a deadly blast hit the district of Karrada in Baghdad, killing more than 175 and wounding 200.

The death toll rose as bodies were recovered from the rubble in the Karrada area of Baghdad, where a refrigerator truck packed with explosives blew up in the early hours of Sunday (July 3) when people were out celebrating the holy month of Ramadan.

The Islamic State (ISIS) claimed the bombing, its deadliest in Iraq, saying it was a suicide attack.

Karrada, a largely Shia district with a small Christian community and a few Sunni mosques, was busy at the time of the blast after midnight on Sunday. Residents were eating and shopping before dawn during Ramadan, which comes to an end this week with the Eid al-Fitr holiday.