BAGHDAD – A roadside bomb attack targeted a suburb of Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 25 people and injuring dozens more in a crowded market, Iraqi security officials said.
The attack took place in the Wahailat market in Sadr City, the Iraqi military said in a statement. Two Iraqi security officials said at least 25 people were killed and dozens more injured in the powerful explosion. They spoke on condition of anonymity in accordance with regulations.
The explosion happened a day before the Eid al-Adha holiday, when the market was busy with shoppers looking for gifts and groceries.
Piles of goods were lying on the ground after the explosion. Traders told security forces how the explosion happened as they scooped up whatever items they could.
There has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombing, but ISIS has already claimed responsibility for similar attacks in the region.
Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi has placed the commander of the federal police regiment responsible for the market area under arrest, according to the army statement. He also indicated that an investigation had been opened.
It was the third time this year that a bomb hit a market in the densely populated area of eastern Baghdad.
In June, 15 people were injured when a bomb placed under a kiosk in another market in Sadr City exploded. In April, at least four people were killed in a car bomb in Sadr City. This explosion was caused by an explosive device attached to a car parked in the market.
Monday’s attack comes two months before the federal election scheduled for October 10.
Large-scale bombings, once almost daily in Baghdad, have slowed in recent years since ISIS’s defeat on the battlefield in 2017.
The attacks persist, however. In January, more than 30 people were killed in a double suicide bombing in a busy shopping area in central Baghdad. It is the deadliest bomb attack in three years in the Iraqi capital.