The area that was the target of the twin bombings was packed with wholesale market stalls and teeming with daily labourers unloading vans and transporting their goods on their carts.
The attacks took place early Saturday morning in al-Sinaq, a busy market selling vehicle accessories, food and clothes as well as agricultural seeds and machinery. Security officials say the first blast went off at around 8 a.m. local time; as people gathered to help the wounded, a man detonated a suicide vest.
Baghdad has been on high alert since October 17 when an offensive began to recapture Iraq's second city, Mosul, from ISIL.
Terrorist acts, violence and armed conflicts killed 2,885 Iraqis and wounded 1,380 others in November across Iraq, the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq said.
"The situation is completely under control", al-Musawi maintained, adding that they have launched an extensive sweeping of the area to ensure there are no more militants. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has said the group would be driven out of Iraq by April.
That attack was claimed by the extremist Sunni group Islamic State (IS), which considers Shi'a to be heretics.
"On the last day of 2016 and as Iraqi people are preparing to receive the new year with hopes of peace, the terrorists struck once again at innocent civilians", Mr. Kubiš said. Despite food and water shortages, most civilians have stayed in their homes rather than fleeing as had been expected.
One resident reached by phone in eastern Mosul said he had never seen such heavy bombardment.
Meanwhile, Islamic State regards Shiite Muslims as heretics.
"We hear the sounds of large vehicle bombs".