ISIS car bomb kills 115 in Iraq

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a bombing in eastern Iraq, and Iraqi officials on Saturday.

Iraqi officials said Saturday that the official death toll had risen to 115, with 170 wounded, reported The Associated Press.

The extremists drove a truck loaded with explosives into the town of Khan Beni Saad on Friday evening, before they detonated the bombs and turned what should have been celebrations into a scene of horror, with body parts scattered across the market.

Islamic State said in a statement issued on Twitter that the attack was to avenge the killing of Sunni Muslims in the northern Iraqi town of Hawija, and that the suicide car bomber was carrying around three tonnes of explosives.

The force of the blast in Khan Bani Saad, about 20 miles (30 km) north-east of the capital, brought down several buildings, crushing people who had been celebrating the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, police and medics said.

Angry crowds went on the rampage after the explosion, smashing the windows of cars parked in the street in grief and anger.

“Some people were using vegetables boxes to collect body parts of kids’ bodies,” said police major Ahmed al-Tamimi from the site of the explosion, describing the damage to the market as “devastating.”

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