Officials in Baghdad are blaming a wave of displaced Sunnis for providing a cover for militants to conduct increased bombing attacks in the city, reported AFP.
Clashes in Iraq’s Anbar province have displaced some 110,000 people, who fled to Baghdad, according to AFP.
Officials claim Daesh fighters are infiltrating Iraq’s capital unnoticed amongst the waves of displaced Sunni refugees.
“There is a link between the recent attacks in Baghdad and the entry of displaced families,” an official told AFP.
Baghdad has seen a concerning rise in bombings the past week. Thursday night, six bombs killed 21.
Meanwhile, Sunni leaders condemn the accusations against recent refugees to Baghdad as scapegoating. “The people of Anbar are innocent, those who were fleeing Daesh and running for their lives have nothing to do with what is going on in Baghdad, Sunni politician Raad al-Dahlki told the Washington Post.
Still, fears abound amongst Baghdad residents that Daesh fighters are hiding amongst the Anbar refugees. Reports are circulating of harassment toward the displaced in their camps and mosques in Baghdad’s outskirts, according to AFP.
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