Bomb guts Iraq town

KHAN BANI SAAD, Iraq – Iraq is mourning at least 90 dead after one of the deadliest car bombs in its bloody history ripped through a busy market north of Baghdad.

The suicide attack by the Islamic State jihadist group came as the country marked Eid al-Fitr, the feast that ends the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

Residents recounted scenes of horror in the aftermath of Friday’s attack, in which officials said at least 15 children were among the dead.

Muthanna Saadoun, a municipal employee who drives a street sweeper, used his truck to help put out the fires that the blast caused in the market area.

“People were burning in their cars because no ambulances or fire engines were able to reach them,” the 25-year-old said.

IS said the suicide attacker had three tonnes of explosives in his vehicle.

The blast left a huge crater in the main street of Khan Bani Saad, only 20 kilometres from Baghdad’s northern outskirts, in Diyala province.

Cuts of charred meat were still hanging from the hooks of one butcher’s stall that was ravaged by flames. Several collapsed buildings were still smouldering 12 hours after the attack.

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