IS strikes at busy Baghdad market: dozens of dead and injured

A bombing of a market in the Iraqi capital Baghdad killed at least 28 people on Monday. Also, according to medical sources, about fifty people were injured. Islamic State Terror Organization (IS) claimed the attack. It‘s one of Baghdad’s biggest attacks in recent years.

The market is located in the Shiite Sadr City district. At the time of the attack, people were busy shopping for the Feast of Sacrifice, which starts Wednesday. According to a spokesperson for the Interior Ministry, the victims were four women and four children.

It was the first bombing in Baghdad since January, when two suicide attacks killed 32 people. Back then, the target was a market. That attack was also claimed by IS.

Sadr City is named after the late Shiite cleric Mohammed al-Sadr. His son, the spiritual Moqtada al-Sadr, plays an important role in Iraqi politics. He has millions of followers and has his own militias.