Thursdays are the shopping day for me and for most Iraqis, the markets and super markets are filled with shoppers, the streets are so busy and the shoppers' cars double-parked, they even park on the side walk.
the peak of it is at 1-2 p.m. because it's where most employees head back home and they shop on their way. I used to shop from a place where there is two supermarkets opposing each other and many grocers, it's on my way when I get back home from the clinic.
Yesterday I was heading home after I have finished working at the clinic, my wife called me at work and she said we need Pepsi and bread for the lunch, so I decided to buy them on my way and after we finish lunch we will go together to do the shopping.
I parked the car far from the supermarkets because there is no empty parking spot, and as I was getting out from the car a huge explosion happened, a car exploded. It was very near to me, in fact, it was the nearest explosion one could see without being dead. the explosion took seconds but it was like years for me, I saw how the parts of the explosive car was flying in the air and landed on the pavment to kill the people or destroy the cars, I saw how the windows' glass of the shops and houses have exploded, I saw the shells flying every where and the ball of fire swallowing everyone around it, I saw that young lady struck in her back by a large shell (I think it was the door of the car), then there was the smoke that covered everything and the terrible silence, I can't be sure whether it was really that silent or it was my ears that couldn't hear a thing because of the loud explosion! I was in shock, there was nothing on my mind for a moment, it seemed like time has stopped, I felt like I don't exist.
Then there was a loud cry that got me back to reality, it was the scream of a women, then followed by many screams and cries, I rushed to the site through the smoke of death, there were people from everywhere running toward the scene; as I was running many things rushed in my head, what would have happened to my wife if I died, what will she do? who will tell her that I have died? what might have happened if I reached there 3 minutes earlier?
when we reached to the site, I saw three men and a women with a child on the pavment, it was so obvious that they are dead, there was that young lady struggling on the pavment, she was seriously injured and I don't think she is going to make it, there were many men,women and children on the pavment, I couldn't know how is everyone, at that time the National guards came to the scene, they have a nearby checkpoint, they started screaming on everyone "get the hell out of here" "there might be another one" "if you don't go now we will start shooting", so everyone including me started to retreat, but there was a women that I will not be able to forget, she was screaming, crying in sorrow and swearing "F**k Alqaeda and F**k Almahdy army and F**k anyone who is responsible for this, I want my husband, I want my dear husband, he is inside the shop, and you bastards are telling us to go away! F**k you too, what were you doing, I want my husband, let me in".
I got in my car and moved away from the scene, but continued to watch, after a while the US troops came with more National Guards and Police, they seemed to be very angry and aggressive, they started to pick up the wreck of the explosive car, i was able to identify it, it was Volkswagen Golf, and that women was still screaming I could hear her but couldn't know what she was saying.
I headed home and on my way I was thinking and remembering, I remembered few days ago when I was with my wife in the car passing by the same supermarket and there was a National guards temporary checkpoint when I told my wife "mark my words, there will be an explosion here because it's a very safe neighborhood and whenever the national guards start to make temporary checkpoints in it then there will be an explosion soon" I can't be sure of the reason , but either they are targeted so an explosion occurs or they are the ones who causes it (corrupted members).
I was thinking with my self; is this the sign of the (A NEW ERA)? where the safe areas becomes dangerous and the dangerous becomes safe? Adhamyia is now safe, so where will the remaining members of AQ who hasn't joined the awakening will go? where can the members of Almahdy army go after they're being persecuted in their areas? they will go to new areas, that's for sure.
this neighborhood was so safe to a level that European embassy employees are shopping sometimes from that supermarket by them selves, they park their cars and walk to do the shopping (they weren't present at that time).
and few days ago, armed men wearing commandos clothing stopped a primary school bus and kidnapped a kid who is the son of a merchant, things are deteriorating in this neighborhood which considered to be safe.
I wasn't carrying my camera with me at the time of explosion and even if I had it I wouldn't take a photo. by the way, this incident wasn't mentioned in news or any media source! I wonder how many explosions like this happens and no one says anything about it? I believe there is some sort of keeping Iraqi news from reaching the world.
At the end I wish that I can talk with the one who left the car and detonated it, I just want to ask him, WHY? WHY? are the supermarkets sins? is buying food a sin? or is it collaboration with the Americans? I just want to know why you bastard killed those people, there were children and women, WHY? there were Sunni, Shiite and Christians buying from that supermarket, WHY?
I know your true answer before you open your rotten mouth, you don't want life, you don't want Iraqis to live although (I'm ashamed) you are Iraqi, because you are a dog for Tehran or a slave for the twisted Taliban.
May god roast you in hell.