Al-Maliki condemns bombing after 50 killed in Baghdad market attack

Baghdad - Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki vowed to crack down against terrorists Wednesday, a day after a bomb killed 50 and injured 80 in a market in a Shiite neighbourhood of Baghdad.

In a cabinet statement, al-Maliki condemned the attack stressing that the bomb "unveils the terrorists' intentions to foster sectarian strife."

The Iraqi premier said that the blast will not affect the government's determination in fighting terrorism and achieving security in Iraq.

On Tuesday, a car bomb hit a market in the al-Hurriya Shiite district, north-west of the capital, killing at least 50 and wounding another 80.

The blast occurred before 6 pm when the market was crowded with shoppers to buy food supplies before the evening.

Ambulance rushed to and from the scene, moving the injured to nearby hospitals.

The Iraqi government said the blast occurred when a suicide bomber detonated a bomb in his vehicle at a market in the neighbourhood, while Iraqi police sources said a bomb in a parked vehicle was detonated in a car park area near a bridge in Baghdad's Tahrir square.

No group claimed responsibility for the blast.

The blast is the deadliest since the May 11 ceasefire came into effect between the Iraqi government and militants loyal to radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. (dpa)