(CMR) At least 32 people were killed and over 100 others injured by two suicide bombers at a Baghdad market on Thursday.
The attack was described as the worst in the last three years, and have driven fear into residents that violence seen for years in Iraq could be returning.
Reports are that the bombers lured shoppers towards them and set off explosive devices sometime during the busy mid-morning period when the market was filled with people.
The bombing comes after the lifting of nearly a year of Covid-19 restrictions across the country.
According to reports, the first bomber claimed he was ill and then detonated his device when a crowd gathered to help him.
The second suicide bomber then blew himself up when people gathered to move the wounded from the first explosion.
Thursday's attack was suspected to be linked to terror group Isis. However, there were concerns that the bombings could result from rising political tensions since they came days after Iraq announced that early elections would be held in October.
The last deadly suicide attack in Baghdad was in January 2018, when 35 people were killed in the same area.
Last year, the United States announced that it would cut troop levels in Iraq nearly in half, to 3,000 soldiers.