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ISIS claims responsibility for Iraq blast that left dozens dead

July 20, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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People and security forces gather at the site of a bombing in Wahailat market in Sadr City, Iraq, Monday, July. 19, 2021. A roadside bomb attack targeted a Baghdad suburb Monday, killing at least 18 people and wounding dozens of others at a crowded market, Iraqi security officials said. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

ISIS have claimed responsibility for an explosion that ripped through a busy market in the Iraqi capital on Monday, killing at least 27 people and wounding 32.

(CNN)ISIS have claimed responsibility for an explosion that ripped through a busy market in the Iraqi capital on Monday, killing at least 27 people and wounding 32.

In a statement on Monday, the Iraqi military said the explosion was caused by an improvised explosive device (IED).

Ali Yassin, a resident in Sadr City, said he has lost hope that Iraq will be a safe place for his four children to grow up.

"This horrific attack right before Eid Al-Adha is a terrible reminder of the violence Iraqi children continue to face," said Sheema Sen Gupta, the UNICEF Representative in Iraq, in a statement on Monday.

"On the eve of Eid Al-Adha and as Iraqis mourn this sad moment, UNICEF calls for all actors in Iraq to work together towards a safer Iraq where children do not have to live in fear and where they enjoy their very basic activities and rights," Gupta said.

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