| 30 May 2024, Thursday |

Explosion injures 11 in Iraq’s Baghdad: Police

Iraqi police and medical workers said that at least 11 people were injured in an explosion on Wednesday in Baghdad’s Sadr City neighborhood.

A military statement said that there was no immediate claim of responsibility. It was the second attack to hit Sadr City and the third to target a busy market this year in Baghdad.

In April, a car bomb attack in Sadr City, killed four people and wounded  20. And in January a suicide attack killed at least 32 people in a crowded market.

Both attacks were claimed by Islamic State militants.

Large bomb attacks, once an almost daily occurrence in the Iraqi capital, have halted since Islamic State fighters were defeated in 2017, part of an overall improvement in security that has brought normal life back to Baghdad.

Wednesday’s attack comes during an election year, a time when tension between rival Iraqi political groups has often caused violence.

The populist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, after whom Sadr city is named and who commands a following of millions of Iraqis, counts among his enemies both Islamic State and rival Shi’ite parties with militias backed by Iran.

  • Reuters