Truck bomb kills 40 in Iraq

By 11:48 Sat, 18 Jul 2015 Comments


At least 40 people were killed and more than 50 others

wounded on Friday when a truck bomb exploded in

northeastern Iraqi capital Baghdad, a security source.

The source told Xinhua that the truck bomb, which was

carrying a large amount of explosive materials, exploded

late Friday in a popular market area of Khan Bani Saad, 10

km south of Baquba, which is predominantly Shiite

Muslims.

The source said the blast killed at least 40 people, noting

that many of the victims’ bodies were charred or cut into

small pieces as a result of the blast.

The source confirmed that the wounded people were rushed

to nearby hospitals for treatment, further indicating that the

death toll is still preliminary and would be increased due to

the presence of many serious injuries.

It added that the blast also destructed and burned dozens

of shops and civilian cars, indicating that the security forces

have sealed off the scene with anticipation of further

attacks.

The security situation in Iraq has drastically deteriorated

since June 2014, when bloody clashes broke out between

security forces and Islamic State militants.


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