The death toll from a huge bombing at a Shia neighborhood in Iraq’s capital Baghdad last month has risen to 323, Iraq’s health minister says.
Health Minister Adela Hamoud said on Monday that the toll could climb further as forensic teams are still working to identify bodies. This also comes as more people, initially registered as missing, were identified as among the dead.
“One hundred and fifteen martyrs were identified directly after the bombing by their families,” Hamoud told a televised news conference.
However, the identity of 208 more victims whose bodies were burned beyond recognition were sent for DNA testing, Hamoud noted.
In the initial days after the attack, the reported death toll was at least 292 people including many children.
The attack was carried out on July 3 when a bomber detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle at a shopping district in Baghdad’s Shia neighborhood of Karradah. The attack was followed by a second explosion.
The deadly blast took place in Karradah area while families were shopping for Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
In a twitter post, the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group claimed responsibility for the assault.