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Death toll from suicide car bomb climbs

Published:Saturday | July 18, 2015 | 11:35 AM
Civilians salvage items at the scene of a deadly Friday night suicide car bombing at a busy market in Khan Beni Saad,


The death toll from last Friday's suicide car bombing in Iraq's eastern Diyala province increased to 117 yesterday as officials said 170 people were left wounded.

The dead and injured had gathered at a marketplace to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, according to messages posted on Twitter. The claim could not be independently verified, but it was posted by accounts commonly associated with the group.

Security has been ramped up in areas across Iraq since the start of Ramadan amid fears that the Sunni militant group would use the occasion to wage an assault on civilians to destabilise the Shiite-led government in Baghdad.

Parts of the predominantly mixed Diyala province were captured by the Islamic State group last year. Iraqi forces and Kurdish fighters have since retaken those areas, but clashes between the militants and security forces continue.