In fact, the majority of the protesters in Baghdad — particularly those who stormed the Green Zone April 30 — are from Sadr City,which suffers from overpopulation, poverty and unemployment. Sadr City, which is the largest neighborhood in Baghdad, is also the area where Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has the most influence.
The anger toward the government and security leaders escalated in Sadr City following the attacks, with a demonstration held in the neighborhood only hours after the bombing. The protesters condemned the government, and some even blamed the Iraqi officials for the attacks.
Writer and journalist Zaher Moussa, who hails from Sadr City, pointed to two options explaining how the car carrying the bomb could have entered the neighborhood.
Moussa told Al-Monitor, “First, the road leading to the market in Sadr City is easy to navigate. However, the terrorist driving the car with the bomb would have had to go through the main security checkpoints in every corner of Sadr City.”
He said, “It is not hard for terrorists to cross a security checkpoint in Iraq.”
He then said that the car could have been also rigged inside Sadr City. “It is very possible that the bomb was placed in the car from the inside, as this has happened before. However, the assembly process [of placing a bomb in a car] is slow and is done at different intervals.”