Monday, July 20, 2015

Deadly attack at crowded Iraq marketplace kills at least 130

The death toll from a massive bombing at a crowded marketplace in eastern Iraq climbed to as many as 130 on Saturday, Iraqi security officials said, marking ISIL's (Daeash) worst single bombing attack on a civilian target in the country.

Imad Muthanna, a spokesman for the Diyala provincial council, told the Washington Post newspaper that in addition to those killed, 20 more people were missing after a suicide bomber drove a truck packed with explosives into a market in Khan Bani Saad on Friday night. A Diyala health official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to give out information, said 126 people had been killed, but expected the number to continue to climb.

The market in the town 20 miles northeast of Baghdad was teeming with families making preparations for the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr as the blast tore through the street with devastating impact, collapsing several buildings. Bodies littered the area as secondary fires spread. –End-

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