IRAQ: Suicide bombing in Sadr City kills dozens

BAGHDAD — On the eve of Eid al-Adha, and as Iraqi authorities prepare for the October parliamentary elections, a suicide bomber of the Islamic State (ISIS) blew himself up in the crowded Wahilat Market in Sadr City, east of Baghdad.

According to an Iraqi military commander, the blast killed at least 35 people, including women and children.

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi ordered the arrest of the security commander in Sadr City and held an emergency security meeting with security, military, and intelligence leaders in Baghdad. Al-Kadhimi reportedly gave instructions to open an immediate investigation into the incident.

The Arab League condemned the bombing, with a source saying that the bombing is likely an attempt to undermine security and stability in the country. The Arab League also stated its continued support for efforts to counter terrorism and weapons proliferation in Iraq.

In related news, Iraqi security forces arrested six suspected members of ISIS sleeper cells in Kirkuk Governorate and another suspected ISIS member in Nineveh.

The security media cell said that the suspects were providing logistical support to the terrorist organization.