Iran and the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement have strongly condemned a deadly bombing at a busy market in the Iraqi capital, with Tehran offering help to the neighboring country in its fight against terrorism.
A bomber killed at least 35 people and wounded over 60 others in the crowded market in the Sadr City neighborhood of Baghdad on Monday, on the eve of the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday.
“This cowardly act is an attempt to reinvigorate the policy of murder, assassination and crimes pursued by Takfiri and terrorist organizations along with their international and regional supporters. It will, however, inflict nothing but harm on Iraqi people,” Hezbollah said in a statement.
The statement said the unity of the Iraqi nation and their relentless efforts to hunt down and eliminate remnants of Takfiri terrorist groups will be a decisive response to such crimes and conspiracies.
Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement also expressed solidarity with Iraqi people in the wake of the terror attack, and wished divine forgiveness for the deceased and speedy recovery for those injured.
Iran Embassy in Baghdad decries terror attack
Separately, the Iranian Embassy in Iraq denounced the bombing at a crowded market in the Sadr City neighborhood of Baghdad.
In a statement, the diplomatic mission extended its sincere condolences to the Iraqi nation and government over the attack, stressing the importance of close cooperation among regional countries in the fight against terrorism.
Iran ready to cooperate with Iran in anti-terror fight
Moreover, Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh condemned the terrorist attack in the densely-populated Sadr City and said Tehran was ready to cooperate with Baghdad in combating terrorism.
Khatibzadeh said the bombing was part of the “hideous” terrorist plots in Iraq on the eve of Eid al-Adha celebrations.
He also expressed Iran’s heartfelt condolences to the Iraqi nation and government over the tragedy.
The Takfiri Daesh terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack in a message posted to its Telegram channel, and said one of its militants named Abu Hamza al-Iraqi detonated his explosive belt in the middle of the crowd.
Hospital sources said the death toll could rise as some of the wounded are in critical condition.
Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi held an urgent meeting with top security commanders to discuss the circumstances surrounding the attack, the premier’s office said in a brief statement.
“With an awful crime they target civilians in Sadr city on the eve of Eid... We will not rest before terrorism is cut off by its roots,” President Barham Salih tweeted.
In April, Daesh claimed responsibility for a car bomb attack on a market in Sadr City, which killed four people and wounded 20 others.
The Takfiri militant group also claimed responsibility for a bomb attack last January that killed more than 30 in the crowded Tayaran Square market in central Baghdad.