36 killed in IS suicide blast in Iraq on eve of Eid festival

Baghdad: A roadside bomb attack targeted a Baghdad suburb on July 20, killing at least 36 people and wounding dozens of others at a crowded market, two Iraqi security officials said.

The attack took place in the Wahailat market in Sadr City, Iraq’s military said in a statement.

ISIS claimed responsibility hours after the blast happened, saying in a statement that it had been carried out by a suicide bomber wearing an explosive vest.

The blast happened a day before the Eid al-Adha holiday when the market was busy with shoppers, mostly women and children, looking for gifts and groceries.

It was the third time this year that a bomb hit a market in the densely populated neighborhood in eastern Baghdad.

Iraqi President Barham Salih condemned the “heinous crime of unprecedented cruelty on the eve of Eid,” writing on Twitter that the perpetrators “do not allow people to rejoice, even for a moment”.

The United Nations Mission in Iraq said the attack showed that “the scourge of terrorism knows no bounds”, while the German embassy expressed its “sadness after this senseless and brutal attack”.

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