Baghdad: In one of the deadliest terror attack in Iraq, eighty people including many children have been killed as a car bomb exploded in a busy market on Friday.
The force of the blast in Khan Bani Saad, about 30km (20 miles) northeast of Baghdad, brought down several buildings, crushing people who were celebrating the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, police and medics said.
No group immediately claimed responsibility, but Islamic State militants who control large parts of northern and western Iraq have previously carried out attacks in the mixed eastern province of Diyala where Khan Bani Saad is located.
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 vegetable boxes to collect children’s body parts,” said police major Ahmed al-Tamimi from the site of the explosion, describing the damage to the market as “devastating”. An officer from the Diyala police command said rescue crews were still retrieving bodies from under the debris and the death toll could rise further