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Baghdad bombings proof that terror attacks more prevalent during Ramadan

Nearly 120 people were killed and 200 wounded in two bombings over the weekend in Baghdad near a busy shopping district.

This is the third terrorist attack, resulting in the mass slaughter of civilians, in less than a week - with Isis claiming responsibility.

Security studies expert Martin Ewi says that there have been many defiant attacks over the month of Ramadan, in mostly Muslim countries where their guard is down.

We expect the attacks to be reduced during the month of Ramadan, but they are often increased. This is because it is easier to attack.

Martin Ewi, senior researcher at the Institute for Security Studies

According to Ewi, Isis and other terrorist groups are defying the norm and expectations by attacking during the holy month.

In the first explosion, residents had gathered to break the Ramadan fast when a suicide car bomb exploded and ripped through houses and an outdoor market.

The attacks come just days after massacres at a cafe in Dhaka, Bangladesh and at the Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul, Turkey.

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