Twin suicide bombings ripped through a busy market in the Iraqi capital Thursday, killing at least 32 people and wounding dozens, officials said.
The rare suicide bombing hit the Bab al-Sharqi commercial area in central Baghdad amid heightened political tensions over planned early elections and a severe economic crisis. Blood was splattered on the pavement of the busy market amid piles of clothes and shoes as survivors took stock of the disarray in the aftermath.
No one immediately took responsibility for the attack, but Iraqi military officials said it was the work of the Islamic State group.
Iraq’s health minister Hassan Mohammed al-Tamimi said at least 32 people were killed and 110 were wounded in the attack. He said some of the wounded were in serious condition. The Health Ministry announced that all of its hospitals in the capital were mobilized to treat the wounded.
The attackers, wearing explosive vests, blew themselves up among shoppers at a clothing market in Tayaran Square in Bab al-Sharqi. According to Iraq’s military at least 28 people have died and 73 have been wounded in the attack. However, hospital and police officials who spoke to AP on condition of anonymity said the toll was much higher. Some of the injured were in serious condition, Iraq’s military said.
No group immediately took responsibility, but Iraqi authorities called it a terrorist incident – a reference usually used for attacks by the Islamic State.