BAGHDAD: A suicide bomber killed at least 35 people and wounded dozens in a crowded market in the Sadr City neighbourhood of Baghdad yesterday, the eve of the Eid Al Adha festival, security and hospital sources said.
More than 60 people were wounded, a police source said.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
Hospital sources said the death toll could rise as some of the wounded were in critical condition.
Video footage shared on social media after the blast showed bloodied victims and people screaming in terror.
An interior ministry source said four women and four children were among those killed.
“A terror attack using a locally-made IED (improvised explosive device) in Woheilat Market in Sadr City, in east Baghdad, left several victims dead and others injured,” Iraq’s interior ministry said in a statement.
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, the Sunni Muslim militant group Islamic State claimed responsibility for a car bomb attack on a market in Sadr City, Baghdad’s main Shi’ite Muslim neighbourhood, killing four people and wounding 20.
Islamic State also claimed responsibility for a bomb attack last January that killed more than 30 in the crowded Tayaran Square market in central Baghdad – Iraq’s first big suicide bombing for three years.
Large bomb attacks were once an almost daily occurrence in the Iraqi capital but have dwindled since an Islamic State invasion of northern and western Iraq was defeated in 2017.