About 50 people were killed and dozens were injured in a truck bomb explosion which targeted a crowded market in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, Iraqi officials stated.
The bomb has targeted the crowded market of Jameela in Sadr City in the north-east of Baghdad.
Associated Press news agency quoted on police and hospital officials that 58 people were killed and other 89 were injured. Reuters news agency raised the death toll, saying that more than 60 died and 200 were injured.
Sadr City, the most crowded area with a predominated Shia, has been the target of numerous blasts, often organized by the radical Sunni militant group Islamic State (IS).
No group has yet announced its responsibility for Thursday’s attack that targeted one of the city’s biggest markets.
Thursday, the day before the official weekly holiday in Iraq, is said to be a busy day at the market. Many traders arrive to the market from Iraq’s other provinces to buy wholesale goods that day.
Reuters news agency quoted an eyewitness his saying that a large refrigerator truck filled with bombs exploded at 06:00 local time (03:00 GMT).
This is one of the largest blasts to strike Iraq’s capital since Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi took office in August 2014, Reuters added.
The city has been a target of a number of car bombs in recent months; dozens were killed during last Ramadan in July and in May.