Sunday, June 20, 2010 was a normal business day — a beginning of a new bright week. We were busy in our work at the Head Office of our bank. My office was at the basement of the building. The head office building was on the main road near Nisour Square, which rose to infamy because of Blackwater massacre in 2007.
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, but glass-panes were shattering. Thanks to the plastic film spread on the glass, we were saved from being hurt by broken glass pieces. Immediately, it was dark and my colleagues started crying, and running down to the basement for safety. 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. The government security forces also rushed in soon 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 bullet-proof cars in a convoy in Baghdad under security cover. Our security details came and reached us home safely. Thank God! The sound of the blast, sight of blood and burnt pieces of human flesh was very disturbing. I heard that many civilians lost their life and more 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.
It’s been three months. The Incident is still fresh in my mind and I feel sad for those poor families, who lost their near and dear ones. I fail to understand the purpose, the logic of terrorists, who kill innocent people in the name of their faith. They’re cowards. Do they think that they will reach the Heaven? NEVER! They will never find peace.