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Iraq: Bomb Attack On Eve Of Eid Al-Adha, ‘Terrorism Knows No Bounds’

20 July 2021

Secretary-General António
Guterres strongly condemned the “horrific bomb attack
targeting civilians” at a busy market in the north-east of
the Iraqi capital, just before the Eid al-Adha

In a statement
issued on Monday night, Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq said
that the UN chief called the deadly attack in Baghdad’s
Al-Sadr City “a reminder to us all that the scourge of
terrorism knows no bounds”.

At least 30 people were
killed and dozens of others wounded when a bomb exploded in
the Iraqi capital, according to security sources.

device exploded in the Al-Wuhailat market as families
prepared for the Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha on

Mr. Guterres extended his heartfelt
condolences to the families of the victims, the Government
and people of Iraq and wished the injured a speedy

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


The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) also lamented the
deaths, which included children, and the injuries sustained
by those in the blast.

“This horrific attack right
before Eid Al-Adha is a terrible reminder of the violence
Iraqi children continue to face”, said
the UNICEF Representative in the country, Sheema Sen

“Those children were just preparing for the
special days to come with their families”, she

The UN official reminded that children should
be protected at all times and grow in a safe environment
free from any form of violence.

“On the eve of Eid
Al-Adha and as Iraqis mourn this sad moment, UNICEF calls
for all actors in Iraq to work together towards a safer Iraq
where children do not have to live in fear and where they
enjoy their very basic activities and rights”, she

No rest from sleeper cells

sources called it the deadliest bombing in Baghdad in six
months and reported that the IS terrorist network claimed to
be behind the blast, saying one of its members detonated an
explosive vest.

Although the Government declared
victory in its war against the jihadist group at the end of
2017, so called “sleeper cells” continue to wage a low-level
insurgency in the

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