According to security and hospital reports, a suicide bomber killed at least 35 people and injured scores more at a packed market in Baghdad’s Sadr City neighbourhood on Monday, the eve of the Eid al-Adha festival.
According to a police source, at than 60 persons were injured.
On Telegram, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, according to the group’s Nasheer news agency. It claimed that one of its militants detonated his explosive vest in the midst of the people.
The death toll could grow, according – hospital authorities, because some of the injured were in severe condition.
Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi held an urgent meeting with top security commanders to discuss the attack, the premier’s office said in a brief statement.
President Barham Salih posted a tweet saying: “With an awful crime they target civilians in Sadr city on the eve of Eid … We will not rest before terrorism is cut off by its roots.”
In April, Islamic State claimed responsibility for a vehicle bomb attack on a market in Sadr City, Baghdad’s biggest Shi’ite Muslim neighbourhood, that killed four people and injured 20 more.
Last January, Islamic State claimed responsibility for a bomb blast in central Baghdad’s packed Tayaran Square market that killed more than 30 people – Iraq’s first major suicide bombing in three years.
Large bomb assaults in Baghdad were formerly virtually daily, but have decreased since the Islamic State’s invasion of northern and western Iraq was repelled in 2017.