A double suicide bombing at a Baghdad market killed at least 28 people and injured 75 others on Thursday, says Iraqi state media reports. At least seven people are still missing.
Numerous health and police officials said the number might be higher. They spoke on the condition of secrecy in line with regulations.
The bombers exploded themselves up at a clothing market in Tayaran Square as they were followed by security forces.
The first suicide bomber ran into the market and claimed to feel unwell so that the public would gather around him. He then exploded an explosive belt. As people grouped around the victims, a second attacker also detonated his explosive device, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.
No one right away took responsibility for the attack, though it assumes the hallmarks of Sunni jihadi groups who have carried out several similar attacks in Iraq.
The last lethal suicide attack in the city was in January 2018, when 35 individuals were killed in the same square.
Suicide bombings have been infrequent in the Iraqi capital since the downfall of the Islamic State in 2017. The most recent took place in January 2018.
The Health Ministry announced all of its hospitals in the capital were organized to treat the wounded.
The Trump administration abridged troop numbers in Iraq, but about 2,500 U.S. fighters remain in the republic. New Defense Secretary-General Mr. Lloyd Austin said in his confirmation hearing that he remains worried about the threat ISIS positions inside Iraq and beyond.
Iraqi military narrator Yehia Rasool said Thursday morning’s attack was “carried out by two suicide bombers who detonated themselves when pursued by security forces” through the Bab Sharqi area.
Thursday’s attack comes as Iraqis plan for an election, events which are often headed by bombings and assassinations.
Iraq is also struggling with a severe economic crisis brought on by low oil prices that have led the government to borrow internally and risk depleting its foreign currency reserves.