TEHRAN (Press Shia) – At least four civilians were killed and six others wounded in a suicide attack in an area of Iraq’s eastern Baghdad.
A suicide bomber detonated his explosive belt late on Thursday in a market in Sadr City, a suburb of Baghdad, the sources said.
Shortly after the blast, Iraqi police blocked all roads leading to the site and only allowed access to ambulances to transfer those injured to nearby hospitals, Al Jazeera reported.
The attack came just weeks after the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (also known as ISIS or Daesh) leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, vowed to revenge for the territory lost by the terrorist group over the years.
ISIL said it was behind the attack and claimed eight people were killed and 10 others wounded.
Iraq declared victory over the terrorist group in 2017, three years after it took over vast swaths of the country.
The blast is the first since the security situation seemingly improved in Baghdad, leading to dozens of security barriers, cement blocks and checkpoints surrounding markets and government buildings being removed.
During the holy month of Ramadan, people often stay up late and go to restaurants for suhoor, a pre-dawn meal, before they fast from sunrise to sunset.