Bomb Explosion In Baghdad Kills At Least 30


Baghdad: At least 30 people were killed while dozens of others wounded in a bomb explosion in a marketplace in eastern Baghdad on Monday.

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

The Iraqi authorities said in a brief statement that more information will be released after investigation into the incident.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombing but the Islamic State group has claimed similar attacks in the area before.

Deadly bombings have been rare in Baghdad, as the security situation has improved in Iraq since the Iraqi security forces fully defeated IS militants across the country late in 2017.

However, IS remnants have since melted into urban areas or deserts and rugged areas, carrying out frequent guerilla attacks against security forces and civilians.

Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi placed the commander of the federal police regiment responsible for the area of the marketplace under arrest, the military statement said. It also said an investigation was launched.

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

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