Massive Car Bomb Kills 100 at Iraq Market

ISIS claims responsibility for 3-ton blast
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 17, 2015 6:22 PM CDT
In this July 15 photo, Iraqi security forces bomb Islamic State positions on the outskirts of Ramadi, Anbar province, Iraq.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – A suicide bomber struck at an Iraqi market today, but seldom have such attacks been so deadly: Reuters puts the death toll at more than 100 and reports that the Islamic State claimed responsibility, boasting that the vehicle used in the blast had 3 tons of explosives. The explosion brought down multiple buildings in the town of Khan Bani Saad, northeast of Baghdad, which AFP notes is predominately Shiite. Victims had packed the market to gather food in preparation for the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. "Some people were using vegetable boxes to collect children's body parts," says a police major.

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