The ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) claimed Tuesday that a suicide bomber struck Monday night in the busiest market in Iraq’s capital.
According to the details, ISIS posted a message on its telegram channel stating that one of its members was wearing an explosives belt and blew himself up in the bazaar.
Just hours before the Eid al-Adha, a suicide bomber struck while shopping in Baghdad’s busiest mansion, killing at least 35 people. According to medical staff, more than 60 people were injured, some in critical condition, so the death toll is expected to rise. The victims include children and women.
The bodies of the victims could be seen scattered around the crash site after the blast. It is the deadliest bombing inside Baghdad in recent years, according to AFP. The area of eastern Baghdad where the blast took place is predominantly Shiite, but all sorts of people come to the bazaar for shopping.
Iraqi President Barham Salih strongly condemned the attack, calling it a “heinous crime” and offering condolences to the families of the victims. He condemned the attack in a tweet, saying, “In a heinous crime and unparalleled cruelty, they target our civilians in Sadr City on the eve of Eid. They do not accept the people to rejoice, even for a moment, with security and joy.”
في جريمة بشعة وقسوةٌ قل مثيلها، يستهدفون أهلنا المدنيين في مدينة الصدر عشية العيد. لا يرتضون للشعب ان يهنأ ولو لحظة بالأمن والفرح. لن يهدأ لنا بال إلا باقتلاع الإرهاب الحاقد الجبان من جذوره، ويقيناً أن إرادة العراقيين عصية على إجرامهم ونذالتهم.
الرحمة للشهداء، والشفاء للجرحى.
— Barham Salih (@BarhamSalih) July 19, 2021
“We will not be calm unless we uproot the hateful and cowardly terrorism, and it is certain that the will of the Iraqis is resistant to their criminality and villainy. Mercy for the martyrs, and healing for the wounded,” he added.
Earlier, the Iraqi Interior Ministry confirmed in a statement that several people had been killed in the blast. According to officials, an investigation has been launched and investigation teams reached the spot late Monday night.
This is the third major bombing of a crowded market in Iraq this year. A car bomb had exploded at an Iraqi police recruiting center at Kisak, killing at least four people. Also in January, Islamic State carried out two simultaneous suicide bombings in Baghdad, killing 32 people.
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