Thirty people were killed and dozens injured on Monday, July 19, in an attack on a popular market in a Shiite suburb of Baghdad. According to security and medical sources, the toll fluctuates between 28 and 30 dead, including fifteen women and children, and between 30 and 50 injured.
In a message published hours after the attack on its Telegram channel, the Islamic State (IS) claimed that one of its suicide bombers, Abu Hamza Al-Iraqi, set off his explosive belt. This is the second attack claimed by ISIS since the beginning of the year in the Iraqi capital.
The explosion occurred late Monday afternoon in one of the popular markets of Sadr City, a huge deprived Shiite neighborhood in eastern Baghdad, where many people flocked to shop on the eve of the most important Muslim holiday, Eid al-Adha or Feast of the Sacrifice.
On the spot, the police and forensic teams questioned witnesses, while residents gathered and lit candles at the scene of the tragedy. Previously, a video posted on social networks had shown the chaos reigning a few minutes after the explosion: women and children fleeing screaming, devastated stalls and stunned traders. The injured were transported to a hospital in Sadr City, and the health ministry has promised to make resources available to help overwhelmed medical teams.
“Sad night of Eid”
The reactions multiplied after the attack. Iraqi President Barham Saleh denounced on Twitter “A hate crime of unprecedented cruelty”. “They are targeting our civilians in Sadr City on the eve of Eid. They do not accept that people rejoice, even for a moment “, he condemned. “Sad night of Eid in Iraq”, tweeted for its part the delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Iraq.
On Twitter, the spokesperson for the international anti-jihadist coalition, Colonel Wayne Marotto, offered his “Condolences to the families whose loved ones perished today in the terrorist attack in Baghdad”.
It is the first attack in Baghdad since January, claimed by ISIS, in which 32 people were killed in a market in the center of the capital. A first man had triggered his explosive belt and a second had detonated his explosives as a crowd formed to try to come to the aid of the victims.