A roadside bomb blast attack targeted a Baghdad suburb on Monday, killed at least 18 people and wounding dozens of others at a crowded market, two Iraqi security officials said.
The incident took place in Sadr City, the officials said. The blast comes a day before the Eid al-Adha holiday when the market was busy with shoppers.
Piles of merchandise lay on the ground after the explosion. Shopkeepers recounted to security forces how the blast had occurred as they salvaged what items they could.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility but the Islamic State group has claimed similar attacks in the area before.