Iraq mourns victims of Baghdad suicide bombing
July 4, Baghdad: The Iraqi government has declared three days of national mourning after a huge bomb in the capital Baghdad killed at least 131 people including many children and wounded around 200.
The powerful explosion early on Sunday came near the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, when the streets were filled with young people and families out after sunset.
A lorry packed with explosives was detonated in the Karrada district while families were shopping for celebrating the festival.
Rescuers said whole families had been wiped out and many victims were burned beyond recognition.
So-called Islamic State (IS) has claimed the responsibility for the suicide attack in a statement circulated by its supporters online.
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi condemned the bombing and declared three days of mourning across the country after visiting the scene of the attack.
As night fell on Sunday, teams of workers were still clearing debris from the site and searching the charred remnants of buildings, reports said.
The Oslo Times International News Network