Suicide attack in Iraq kills at least 35

For some Iraqis, one of the most important celebrations in the Muslim calendar was marked with funerals.

A crowded market in Sadr city was rocked by a bomb on Monday (July 19) evening killing at least 35 people and wounding more than 60, a suicide bomber targeting shoppers on the eve of the Eid al-Adha festival.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.

It said one of its militants blew up his explosive vest among the crowds.

Hospital sources said the death toll could rise as some of the wounded were in critical condition.

Women and children were among the dead.

In April, the Sunni Muslim militant group claimed responsibility for another car bomb attack on a market in Sadr City.

It’s Baghdad's main Shi'ite Muslim neighbourhood.

The Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi held an urgent meeting with top security commanders to discuss the attack.

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