Death toll in Sunday’s Baghdad bombing goes up to 292: Health minister

  • AFP, Baghdad
  • Updated: Jul 07, 2016 23:00 IST
Iraqis shout slogans on Thursday in front of a memorial for the victims of a bombing which claimed the lives of over 200 people in Baghdad's Karrada neighbourhood. (AFP)

The death toll in Sunday’s Baghdad bombing claimed by Islamic State went up to 292, the health minister said on Thursday, making it one of the deadliest attacks in Iraq.

A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle in a crowded shopping area early on Sunday, ahead of the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

In a statement issued on Thursday, health minister Adila Hamoud said the identities of 177 people killed in the bombing have yet to be determined, while 115 bodies have been handed over to families.

The attack also wounded 200 people, Hamoud said.

The blast sparked widespread anger among Iraqis, some of whom have accused the government of failing to do enough to protect them.

And it has overshadowed what would normally be a joyful holiday, instead turning it into a time of mourning and sadness.

The Islamic State group overran large areas north and west of Baghdad in 2014, but Iraqi forces have since regained significant territory from the jihadists.

In response to the battlefield setbacks, the group has hit back against civilians, and experts have warned there may be more bombings as the jihadists continue to lose ground.

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