According to medical sources, the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s suicide bombing in a busy market in the Iraqi capital ahead of the Eid holidays.
In a message sent to its telegram channel, the militant group said a suicide bomber named Abu Hamza al-Iraqi detonated his explosives in the middle of a crowd in Sadr City, an eastern suburb of Baghdad, on Monday night. More than a dozen people were killed and injured. 35 second.
According to an AFP photographer, in one of the worst attacks in Baghdad in recent years, the bodies of victims were scattered in a bazaar selling food to shoppers ahead of the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha.
Medical doctors say about 50 people were injured in the blast.
Iraqi President Barham Saleh called the bombing in the densely populated Shiite-majority area of the capital a “heinous crime” and offered his condolences.
“They are targeting our citizens in Sadr City on the eve of Eid. They don’t let people be happy for a moment,” Saleh said in a Twitter message.
The dead included eight women and seven children, according to medical sources, who put the death toll at between 28 and 30.
In a statement early Tuesday, the children’s agency UNICEF confirmed that children had been killed and injured in the attack.
“This horrific attack just before Eid al-Adha is a horrific reminder of the ongoing violence against Iraqi children,” he said.
Video footage shared on social media after the blast showed bloodthirsty victims and people screaming in terror. The blast was so powerful that it tore down the roofs of some market stalls.
A bomb blast near the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, has killed at least three Iraqi people and injured dozens more, the Iraqi Interior Ministry said in a statement. “
Refrigerators filled with water bottles were soaked with blood, and shoes were lying on the ground along with fruit, AFP reporters reported.
The Baghdad Operations Command, a joint military and Interior Ministry security body, said it had launched an investigation into the blast, and that police and forensic teams were searching for traces of smoke from late Monday.
Prime Minister Mustafa al-Qadimi called an emergency meeting with the heads of his military and security agencies.
In January, an Islamic State group claimed responsibility for an unusual two suicide bombings in a crowded bazaar in Baghdad that killed 32 people.
The blast was the deadliest in the city in three years.
Such violence was to become commonplace in Baghdad during the 2003 sectarian bloodshed following the US-led invasion, which later spread to most of Iraq and targeted the capital.
But after years of deadly violence, militant attacks in the capital, Baghdad, have been relatively rare.
Monday’s bloody attack sparked a backlash from Iraqis on social media.
Ilya Sattar, a young activist, tweeted, “Terrorism and government failure keep stealing our lives.” “The authorities have nothing but condolences to evacuate and vacate the committees of inquiry.”
Another Twitter user wrote, “Every Eid has a tragedy in Baghdad. It is impossible to celebrate like the rest of humanity.”
Iraq declared defeat to IS in late 2017 after a three-year intense campaign.
Despite this, the group’s sleeper cells continue to operate in desert and mountainous areas, usually targeting security forces or state infrastructure with fewer casualties.
The US-led coalition, which cites the growing capabilities of Iraqi forces, has significantly reduced the level of Iraqi forces over the past year.
The United States, which provides most of the troops, has 2,500 troops left in Iraq – up from 5,200 a year ago.
They are primarily responsible for providing training, drone surveillance and air strikes, while Iraqi security forces provide security in urban areas.
The city of Sadr City, where the bombing took place on Monday, is named after Shiite cleric Mohammed al-Sadr.
His son, Muqtada al-Sadr – a firebrand cleric who leads millions of followers and paramilitary groups, is a key player in Iraqi politics who has often protested against the influence of both the United States and Iran.
The president’s boycott of the next presidential election in October is a blow to Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadimi, who called for an early vote in response to demands from pro-democracy activists.
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