ISIL Takfiri group claimed responsibility for a terrorist attack that has killed at least 35 people and wounded dozens in a crowded market in Iraq’s capital Baghdad on Monday.
In a message posted to its Telegram channel, ISIL (also known as Daesh) claimed responsibility for the attack, saying one of its militants blew up his explosive vest among the crowds.
Body parts of victims lay scattered across the previously bustling market, which had been crowded with shoppers buying food ahead of the Islamic festival of Eid Al-Adha.
More than 60 people were wounded, a police source said. The death toll could rise as some of the wounded were in critical condition.
Women and children were among the dead and some shops burned down as a result of the explosion.
The attack took place in the Wahailat market in Sadr City.
“A terror attack using a locally made IED (improvised explosive device),” was reported, Iraq’s interior ministry said in a statement. Video footage shared on social media after the blast showed bloodied victims and people screaming in terror.