A suicide bomber killed at least 35 people and injured more than 60 in a crowded market in the Sadr City district of Baghdad on the eve of the Eid al-Adha festival, security and hospital sources said.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, the Nasheer Group news agency reported on Telegram. He said one of his activists detonated his explosive jacket among the crowd. Hospital sources said the death toll could rise as some of the injured were in critical condition.
Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi held an urgent meeting with senior security officials to discuss the attack, the prime minister’s office said in a brief statement.
President Barham Salih posted a tweet saying, “With a horrific crime they are targeting civilians in the city of Sadr on the eve of Eid… We will not rest until terrorism is cut from its roots.
In April, the Sunni militant group Islamic State claimed responsibility for the car bomb attack in a market in Sadr City, Baghdad’s main Shia Muslim neighborhood, which left four people dead and 20 injured.
ISIS also claimed responsibility for a January bombing that killed more than 30 in the crowded market in Tayaran Square in central Baghdad, the first major suicide bombing in Iraq in three years. .
Large bombings were once almost daily in the Iraqi capital, but have declined since the defeat of the Islamic State’s invasion of northern and western Iraq in 2017.