It was a normal business day — a beginning of a new bright week. We were busy in our work in our bank. My office was at the basement of the building. Our Head Office was on the main road near the Baghdad communication tower.
The normal business hours begin in Baghdad at 8:00 am. It was around 11:00 am then. Suddenly, there was a huge, deafening, building-shaking sound. I was at the basement so couldn’t feel the shake that much. Immediately, it was dark and my colleagues started crying, and running down to the basement. It was a blast! Before we could find our bearing, there was another one! OMG, twin bomb blast at our Head Office!
The false ceilings started falling, the window panes came down in pieces. All shattered, people crying, trembling in fear — this is my first such experience. I haven’t heard any blast so close to me. It was indeed frightening.
For sometime, there was no more sound. Our security people started covering the building and taking control. Also, the government security forces also rushed in hearing the massive blast sounds. We slowly moved up to the ground floor.
Yes, there were two car bombs that hit the blast walls on the road. In Baghdad, every important house and office has put RCC blast walls in front of the building to fortify it from any such attacks. Thanks to these blast walls, the suicide bombers couldn’t get close to the building. But they caused loss of life to our several security guards who were manning the gates and were near to the wall. May their brave souls rest in peace! They laid down their life saving us. They’re real heroes!
We travel in a bullet-proof car in a convoy in Baghdad under security cover. Our security details came and reached us home safely. Thank God! But the sound of the blast, sight of blood and raw flesh are haunting me. I heard that many more civilians lost their life or were injured, who were on the road or nearby at that time. RIP! My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families.
I fail to understand the purpose, the logic of these terrorists, who kill innocent people in the name of their faith. Do they think that they will reach the heaven? NEVER!