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Iraq Begins Mourning Period Following Baghdad Bombing


Iraq is observing three days of mourning for victims of bomb attacks in the capital that left at least 157 people dead on July 3.

Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi initiated the mourning period on July 4 as he visited the site of the attacks.

Iraqi officials said on July 4 the death toll from the attacks reached 157 but it was expected to increase even further as rescuers are still looking for missing people.

A member of the Iraqi security forces was quoted by AFP as saying it would take "a number of days" to recover the bodies of all the victims of the attack.

Health officials say at least 190 people were wounded in the attacks.

Responsibility for the car-bomb attack in the Karrada district early on July 3 has been claimed by the Islamic State terrorist group.

A member of the Iraqi security forces was quoted by AFP as saying it would take "a number of days" to recover the bodies of all the victims of the attack.

A second bomb also exploded early on July 3 in Baghdad’s northern Shaab area, killing another five people.

The White House condemned the bombings, saying the attacks only strengthened the United States' resolve to confront IS.

"We remain united with the Iraqi people and government in our combined efforts to destroy ISIL," a White House statement said, referring to IS.

Based on reporting by AFP, AP, Reuters, and dpa
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