Iraq officials: Over 90 dead in Thursday’s attacks

Including 21 killed by car bomb

 

Police and hospital officials say the death toll from a blistering string of all-day attacks across Iraq on Thursday has risen to more than 90.

 

Included among the casualties disclosed Friday were 21 people killed when a car bomb detonated shortly before midnight near an ice cream shop in Baghdad’s southeastern Zafaraniyah neighborhood.

 

Officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information to reporters.

 

It was Iraq’s deadliest day in more than three weeks. The attacks seemed meant to strike fear in Iraqis and undermine faith in the Shiite-led government’s security measures ahead of what was supposed to be a festive holiday weekend.

 

Funerals underway

 

Funerals got under way Friday for those killed in the attacks. In the Baghdad Shiite neighborhood of Sadr City, dozens of people carried the coffins of relatives through the streets. Some mourners wept, while others sought solace by chanting “God is great.” A bomb there Thursday evening left 14 dead.

 

Since the start of August, more than 190 people have been killed in violence across Iraq, showing that insurgents led by al-Qaida’s Iraqi franchise remain a lethal force eight months after the last U.S. troops left the country.

 

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