Arab Parliament, OIC condemn IS bombing in Iraq

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At least 36 people were killed when a bomb ripped through a crowded Baghdad market…reports Asian Lite News

The Arab Parliament and Organisation of Islamic Cooperation condemned the terrorist attack that targeted a market in Sadr City, a neighbourhood of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, resulting in deaths and injury of dozens of innocent civilians.

At least 36 people were killed when a bomb ripped through a crowded Baghdad market in what the Islamic State group’s jihadists claimed as a suicide attack.

The explosion occurred in the densely populated suburb district of the capital Baghdad. Iraqi security services believe that the explosives were detonated by terrorists. The blast had destroyed several nearby shops and stalls and damaged surrounding buildings.

Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi has ordered the resignation of the district’s head of security following the deadly blast.

In a statement, the Arab Parliament expressed its solidarity and full support for Iraq’s leadership, government and people, in its war on terrorism and terrorist groups.

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi.

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It expressed support for all measures it takes to confront these subversive terrorist groups, affirming its firm and supportive stance for the security and stability of Iraq and the safety of its citizens and territorial integrity.

The General Secretariat of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) also condemned the terrorist bombing in Iraq.

OIC expressed its standing and solidarity with Iraq in all measures it takes to confront violence, terrorism and extremism.

The organization offered condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims, its leadership, government and people, wishing the injured a speedy recovery.

United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also strongly condemned the incident.

He extended condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Iraq.

”This deadly attack ahead of the Eid Al Adha holiday is a reminder to us all that the scourge of terrorism knows no bounds,” said Farhan Haq, the Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General, in a late-night statement.

The Secretary-General underlines the need for the perpetrators of this crime to be swiftly brought to justice, said the statement.

Deadly bombings have been rare in Baghdad, as the security situation has improved in Iraq since the Iraqi security forces fully defeated IS militants across the country late in 2017.

However, IS remnants have since melted into urban areas or deserts and rugged areas, carrying out frequent guerilla attacks against security forces and civilians. (with inputs from ANI)

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