Tobias Ellwood, the Minister for the Middle East and North Africa at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, has condemned the attack in Baghdad which killed and injured many people. The attack took place at Jameela market in Sadr City when a refrigerator truck exploded.
The numbers of dead aren’t yet confirmed but sources at the scene suggest that at least 76 people were killed and 212 were wounded.
A local police officer said that “many people were killed and body parts were thrown on top of nearby buildings” and soon after ISIL claimed responsibility for the attacks.
In a statement Ellwood said:
“I am saddened to hear of the significant loss of life in a crowded market in Baghdad this morning, following a terrorist attack claimed by ISIL. These barbaric criminals have once again targeted a civilian area full of innocent people. My thoughts are with the families and friends of the innocent victims caught up in this attack.
The UK continues to support the efforts of the Government and the people of Iraq fight against violent extremism taking place in Iraq”.