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Highlights:

  • Severe bombardment in the city of Baghdad killing several including children
  • the Islamic State group’s jihadists are alleged for the suicide attack.
  • UNICEF is urging to have a better life for children

A horrifying incident completely shocked Iraq amid the festive season. A bomb exploded in the heart of the Iraqi capital, killing at least 30 people and injuring many.

In a statement released Monday night, Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq said the UN head called the fatal attack in Baghdad’s Al-Sadr City ” a reminder to us all that the scourge of terrorism knows no bounds”.

As families prepared for the Islamic celebration of Eid al-Adha on Tuesday, another bomb exploded in the Al-Wuhailat market.

The UN Security General Mr. António Guterres expressed his sympathies to the victims’ relatives, the Iraqi government, and the Iraqi people, and wished the injured a fast recovery.

“The Secretary-General underlines the need for the perpetrators of this crime to be swiftly brought to justice”, the statement read.

According to news reports, it is considered to be the worst attack in Baghdad in the six months. It is quite evident the IS terrorist network claimed responsibility and claiming that one of its militants detonated an explosive vest.

Despite the fact that the government declared victory over the terrorist organization at the end of 2017, “sleeper cells” continue to conduct a low-level insurgency across the country.

On the Telegram messaging app, Sunni Muslim extremists alleged that an IS suicide bomber detonated an explosives belt in Baghdad’s Shiite area of Sadr City’s popular Woheilat market.

The scenario was that of severe Screams of horror and sorrow permeated the air during the turmoil and mayhem of the attack. When the condition became stable, human corpses remained sprawled among scattered shoes, market goods, and burned stall wreckage.

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 Children’s Fund (UNICEF) also expressed regret for the deaths, which included children, as well as the injuries incurred by those who were injured in the incident.

The UN official emphasized the importance of children being safeguarded at all times and growing up in a safe environment devoid of violence.

The UNICEF Representative in the country, Sheema Sen Gupta said that during the festive time, children are facing terrible violence. Iraqis are mourning on the eve of Eid Al-Adha. UNICEF urges all Iraqis to collaborate in order to create a safer Iraq where children do not have to live in fear and may engage in their most fundamental activities and rights.

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