Muslims mark grim Eid after several attacks

World Today

APTOPIX Mideast Iraq_MurpPeople gather at the scene of Sunday’s massive truck bomb attack claimed by the Islamic State group in the Karada neighborhood, Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, July 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

This week marks the beginning of Eid al-Fitr and the end of the holy month of Ramadan when Muslims fast from dawn to dusk.

Typically Muslims gather with family and friends to enjoy three days of Eid festivities, an important Islamic holiday known as “the breaking of fast.”

But this year many are also mourning recent devastating terror attacks, most of them claimed by ISIL.

So far, 281 have been killed in Baghdad; 42 in Istanbul; 26 in Dhaka; and four in Medina.

Many condemned the devastating attacks and paid tribute to the victims on social media.

In Dhaka, Bangladesh, a gunman carrying bombs killed three people last Thursday. Bombs were hurled at a huge crowd of Muslims during Eid prayers. At least 200,000 people gathered at the country’s biggest annual Eid event near the site of the explosion. No one has claimed responsibility for today’s attack.

This assault comes days after 23 people, mainly foreigners, were killed at a popular bakery in Dhaka.

In Saudi Arabia, bombings across three cities shocked the country on Monday. The first hit near the Prophet’s Mosque in the country’s holy city of Medina, the second close to a U.S. Consulate in Jeddah, and a third blast targeted a Shia mosque in Qatif.

In Istanbul, three ISIL suicide bombers detonated a bomb and killed 44 people at the city’s main airport on June 28. Istanbul Ataturk Airport is the third largest in Europe.

In Baghdad, the death toll from a devastating bombing has risen to 281. On Sunday, ISIL exploded a bomb-laden truck into a busy shopping area in Karrada, mainly a predominantly Muslim Shia area. The massive blast is the deadliest in the country since the 2003 US-led invasion. (Iraq) (Iraq)

Many on social media have also criticized a so-called “double-standard” and lack of grief towards Muslim victims: