Roadside bomb kills 18, wounds dozens in Baghdad market

Roadside bomb kills 18, wounds dozens in Baghdad market
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The attack took place in a busy market of Sadr City a day before the Eid al-Adha holiday when the market was busy with shoppers.
It was the third time this year that a bomb hit a market in the densely populated neighbourhood [Getty]

At least 18 people were killed and dozens others wounded Monday in a bomb blast in a busy market in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, Iraqi officials said.

The attack took place in a busy market of Sadr City a day before the Eid al-Adha holiday when the market was busy with shoppers.

"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," an interior ministry statement said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but the Islamic State group has claimed similar attacks in the area before.

It was the third time this year that a bomb hit a market in the densely populated neighbourhood.

In April, at least four people were killed in a car bomb attack in Sadr City. That blast was caused by an explosive device attached to a parked car at the market.