Baghdad terrorist attack condemned by UN chief

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Street scene in Baghdad, Iraq. File Photo: UNAMI/Sanaa Kareem

A terrorist attack in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, which reportedly killed at least 125 people has been condemned by the United Nations chief.

The bombing took place on Sunday in a busy street where families were shopping for the Eid al-Fitr celebrations marking the end of Ramadan.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

According to early reports, a bomb hit a neighborhood of Karada shortly after midnight on Sunday morning.

The terrorist group ISIL, also known as Daesh has claimed responsibility.

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the attack and said he was "appalled by the utter disregard for human life displayed by the perpetrators."

He appealed to the people of Iraq to reject any attempts to spread fear and undermine the unity of the country.

He also called on the Government to ensure that the perpetrators of what he described as a "horrific crime" be brought to justice as soon as possible.

In a separate statement the President of the UN General Assembly, Mogens Lykketoft, described the attack as "despicable."

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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