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Iraqi attack: Eid shoppers are killed in a bombing in a Baghdad market.

According to security reports, a bomb strike on a major market in Baghdad has killed at least 25 people and injured scores more.

As families prepared for the Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha on Tuesday, the bomb exploded in a market in the northern Sadr City region.

 

It was Baghdad’s deadliest bombing in six months.

 

IS has claimed responsibility for the attack, claiming that one of its fighters detonated an explosive vest.

 

At the end of 2017, the Iraqi government declared victory in its campaign against the Sunni Muslim extremist group.

 

Sleeper cells, on the other hand, continue to wage a low-level insurgency across the country.

IS claimed responsibility for a vehicle bombing that killed four people in Sadr City’s predominately Shia Muslim market in April.

It also claimed responsibility for a dual suicide bombing attack in Tayaran Square in January, which killed 32 people. That was the capital’s deadliest bombing in three years.

Women and children were among those murdered in Monday’s attack on the al-Wuhailat market, according to security sources. They said that some shops had been set on fire.

 

Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi had ordered the arrest of the commander of the federal police regiment in charge of security in the market area, according to an Iraqi military spokesman, and an inquiry had begun.