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30 killed, 50 wounded in Iraq market blast

An explosion ripped through a busy market in the Iraqi capital Monday killing nearly 30 people, according to medical sources, in an apparent suicide bombing ahead of Eid el-Adha holiday celebrations.

In one of the worst attacks in Baghdad in recent years, body parts of victims lay scattered across the previously bustling market that had been crowded with shoppers buying food ahead of the Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha, AFP reports.

Some 50 people were also wounded in the blast, medics said.

Iraqi President Barham Salih called the bombing in the densely populated majority-Shiite suburb of Sadr City a “heinous crime”, and offered his condolences.

“They are targeting our civilians in Sadr City on the eve of Eid,” Salih said in a message on Twitter.

“They do not allow people to rejoice, even for a moment.”

Eight women and seven children were among the dead, according to a medical sources, who said the toll lay between 28 and 30 killed.

Video footage shared on social media after the blast showed bloodied victims and people screaming in terror. The blast was so strong it ripped the roofs off some market stalls.

“A terror attack using a locally-made IED (improvised explosive device) in Woheilat Market in Sadr City, in east Baghdad, left several victims dead and others injured,” Iraq’s interior ministry said in a statement.

Refrigerators full of water bottles were drenched with blood, and shoes were strewn on the ground alongside fruit.

Baghdad Operations Command, a joint military and interior ministry security body, said it had launched an investigation into the blast, and police and forensic teams late Monday were searching through the smoking wreckage for clues.

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