By Progress Godfrey and Agencies reports
A suicide bomber has killed at least 35 people and wounded dozens in a crowded market in Iraq’s capital Baghdad on Monday, the eve of the Eid al-Adha festival.
Body parts of victims lay scattered across the previously bustling market, which had been. crowded with shoppers buying food ahead of the Islamic festival.
“More than 60 people were wounded,”a police source said. The death toll could rise as some of the wounded were in critical condition.
Women and children were among the dead and some shops burned down as a result of the explosion.
“The attack took place in the Wahailat market in Sadr City,” Iraq’s military said in a statement.
“A terror attack using a locally made IED (improvised explosive device),” was responsible, Iraq’s interior ministry said in a statement. Video footage shared on social media after the blast showed bloodied victims and people screaming in terror.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility but the armed group ISIL (ISIS) has claimed similar attacks in the area before.
Iraqi President Barham Salih called the bombing a “heinous crime” and offered his condolences.
“They are targeting our civilians in Sadr City on the eve of Eid,” Salih said in a message on Twitter. “They do not allow people to rejoice, even for a moment.”
“It’s a sad Eid night in Iraq,” the International Committee of the Red Cross said. “Our deepest sympathies and sincere condolences to those who lost their loved ones.”