Isis car bomb kills more than 100 including children during Eid celebrations in the Iraqi town of Khan Bani Saad

A number of people who had gathered to celebrate Eid were crushed

Kashmira Gander
Saturday 18 July 2015 12:04
Comments
A US soldiers patrolling Khan Bani Saad in 2009. A bomb in the town has killed dozens of people.
A US soldiers patrolling Khan Bani Saad in 2009. A bomb in the town has killed dozens of people.

Isis militants claim to have killed at least 100 people, including children, with a car bomb in the Iraqi town of Khan Bani Saad, where people had gathered to celebrate Eid al-Fitr.

In one of the deadliest attacks since Isis extremists seized large swathes of the country, several buildings were brought to the ground.

A number of people who had gathered together to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan were crushed in the collapse, according to police officers and medics.

Police major Ahmed al-Tamimi described the scene as “devastating”.

“Some people were using vegetable boxes to collect children's body parts,” he said.

Isis tweeted in a statement that the attack was to avenge the killing of Sunni Muslims in the northern Iraqi town of Hawija, and that the suicide car bomber was carrying around three tonnes of explosives.

The group said the attack in the province of Diyala, which is not its first, was aimed at "rejectionists" - the derogatory term the group uses to refer to Shia Muslims.

Crowds consumed by grief and anger over the attack smashed the windows of cars parked in the street.

It is feared the death toll could yet climb, as rescue teams worked to retrieve the remains of the victims from under the rubble, an officer from the Diyala police command told Reuters.

Ramadan is an important time of celebration for Muslims, and marks the end of a month of fasting.

The occasion sees families and loved ones wear their best clothes and gather to give thanks and to eat their first daylight meal in a month.

However, Diyala provincial government declared three days' mourning and ordered all parks and entertainment places to close for the rest of the Eid ul-Fitr holiday to avoid further attacks.

Additional reporting by Reuters

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged in