(BAGHDAD) LATEST: At least 31 people have been killed and scores wounded after a bomb blast hit a busy market in the Iraqi capital on Monday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.21: According to the Iraqi Interior Ministry’s statement, the Monday blast was the result of a terror attack using a locally-made IED (improvised explosive device) in Woheilat Market in Sadr City, in east Baghdad.

#AceDailyNews says a bomb-attack kills over 30 people, injures scores in Iraqi capital’s Sadr City the blast, which according to later reports was caused by a suicide bomber in the densely-populated suburb, came as shoppers crowded the market buying food ahead of the Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha.

MONDAY: At least 18 killed, 90 wounded in Baghdad explosionAt least 18 people have been killed and over 90 more others injured in an ammunitions depot blast in the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

Monday, 19 July 2021 5:23 PM  [ Last Update: Monday, 19 July 2021 9:20 PM ]

According to police and hospital sources, scores of people have been also injured in the attack.

Reuters quoted Iraqi sources as saying that women and children were among the dead and some shops had burnt down as a result of the explosion.

At least 18 killed, 90 wounded in Baghdad explosion

Baghdad Operations Command, a joint military and interior ministry security body, said it had launched an investigation into Monday’s attack.

Iraqi President Barham Salih posted a tweet following the attack, saying, “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.”

في جريمة بشعة وقسوةٌ قل مثيلها، يستهدفون أهلنا المدنيين في مدينة الصدر عشية العيد. لا يرتضون للشعب ان يهنأ ولو لحظة بالأمن والفرح. لن يهدأ لنا بال إلا باقتلاع الإرهاب الحاقد الجبان من جذوره، ويقيناً أن إرادة العراقيين عصية على إجرامهم ونذالتهم.
الرحمة للشهداء، والشفاء للجرحى.— Barham Salih (@BarhamSalih) July 19, 2021

Hours later, the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group assumed responsibility for the deadly bomb attack in Baghdad’s Sadr City.

This is not the first time that the Sadr City of Baghdad has been hit by bomb attacks.

In June 2018, at least 18 people were killed and over 90 more injured in an ammunitions depot blast in the same neighborhood of the Iraqi capital.

An Iraqi Interior Ministry spokesman described the blast as “a terrorist aggression on civilians.”

On May 16 the same year, at least eight people lost their lives and dozens more sustained injuries when a powerful bomb blast ripped through a funeral near the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad.

#AceNewsDesk report ……..Published: July.21: 2021:

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(KABUL) JUST IN: At least three rockets hit near the presidential palace on Tuesday shortly before President Ashraf Ghani was to give an address to mark the major Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha #AceNewsDesk report

#AceDailyNews says that #Taliban rockets target Kabul palace before Eid al-Adha as the barrage came as the U.S. & NATO complete their final withdrawal from Afghanistan acording to Fox News and AP.Org

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There were no injuries and the rockets landed outside the heavily fortified palace grounds, said Mirwais Stanikzai, spokesman for the interior minister.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the rocket attack, but police quickly fanned out across the area. One car parked on a nearby street was completely destroyed; the police said it was used as a launching pad for the rockets.

Security personnel inspect a damaged vehicle where rockets were fired from in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

The palace is in the middle of a so-called Green Zone that is fortified with giant cement blast walls and barbed wire, and streets near the palace have long been closed off.

The barrage came as the U.S. and NATO complete their final withdrawal from Afghanistan. Many Afghans are worried whether their war-ravaged country will fall deeper into chaos and violence as foreign forces withdraw and the Taliban gain more territory on the ground, having captured several districts and key border crossings with neighboring countries over the past weeks.

The withdrawal is more than 95% complete and the final U.S. soldier will be gone by Aug. 31, President Joe Biden said in an address earlier this month.

“This Eid has been named after Afghan forces to honor their sacrifices and courage, especially in the last three months,” Ghani said in his address to the nation following morning prayers for Eid al-Adha, or the “Feast of Sacrifice.”

“The Taliban have no intention and willingness for peace,” Ghani said. “We have proven that we have the intention, willingness and have sacrificed for peace.”

Ghani also deplored his government’s decision to release 5,000 Taliban prisoners to get peace talks started last year as a “big mistake” that only strengthened the insurgents.

“We released 5,000 prisoners to start peace talks, but until today the Taliban haven’t shown any serious or meaningful interest in peace negotiations.”

Abdullah Abdullah, the No. 2 official in the government, was inside the palace during the rocket attack on Tuesday, having returned on Monday from peace talks with the Taliban in Qatar. Those inside the palace, however, were far removed from where the rockets landed.

The two days of meetings in Doha — the highest level of negotiations between Kabul and the Taliban so far — aimed at jumpstarting stalled talks but ended with a promise of more high-level talks.

In his speech, Ghani also assailed neighboring Pakistan, which Kabul blames for harboring the Taliban leadership and providing a safe haven and assistance to the insurgents. In the most recent fighting in the Afghan border town of Spin Boldak, Taliban fighters were seen receiving treatment at a Pakistani hospital across the border in Chaman.

Pakistan is seen as key to peace in Afghanistan. The Taliban leadership is headquartered in Pakistan and Islamabad has used its leverage, which it claims is now waning, to press the Taliban to talk peace.

Pakistan has also been deeply critical of Kabul, saying it has allowed another militant group, the Pakistani Taliban — Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan — to find safety in Afghanistan from where they have launched a growing number of attacks targeting the Pakistan military.

“Pakistan does not want a Taliban regime in its homeland” but their media have been “campaigning for a Taliban regime in Afghanistan,” Ghani added.

The Eid al-Adha is the most important Islamic holiday, marking the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim — Abraham to Christians and Jews — to sacrifice his son. During the holiday, which in most places lasts four days, Muslims slaughter sheep or cattle and distribute part of the meat to the poor.

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Associated Press writer Kathy Gannon in Islamabad contributed to this report.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: July.20: 2021:

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