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  • On the eve of Eid-al-Adha, a suicide bomber killed at least 35 people and wounded dozens of citizens in a crowded market in Sadr City, Iraq
  • A police official said that more than 60 people were wounded
  • The hospital sources said that since some wounded citizens are in critical condition, the death toll could rise
  • An urgent meeting was held by the Iraq Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi with top security commanders to discuss the attack

On the eve of Eid-al-Adha, a suicide bomber killed at least 35 people and wounded dozens of citizens in a crowded market in Sadr City, Iraq. A police official said that more than 60 people were wounded.

According to a source, Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack and said one of its militants blew up his explosive vest among the crowds. The hospital sources said that since some wounded citizens are in critical condition, the death toll could rise.

An urgent meeting was held by the Iraq Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi with top security commanders to discuss the attack. President Barham Salih posted a tweet and said that 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.

The Sunni Muslim militant group Islamic State in April claimed responsibility for a car bomb attack on a market in Sadr City, Baghdad’s main Shi’ite Muslim neighborhood, which killed four people while 20 sustained injuries.

In January, a bomb attack took place in the crowded Tayaran Square market in central Baghdad that killed more than 30 people. In the Iraqi capital, large bomb attacks used to occur daily, but the attacks reduced after 2017 when an Islamic state invasion of northern and western Iraq was defeated.

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