The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:
The Secretary-General strongly condemns the horrific bomb attack targeting civilians at a market in Al-Sadr City today.
He extends his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Iraq. He wishes those injured a speedy recovery.
This deadly attack ahead of the Eid al-Adha holiday is a reminder to us all that the scourge of terrorism knows no bounds.
The Secretary-General underlines the need for the perpetrators of this crime to be swiftly brought to justice.