Death toll from July Baghdad blast rises to 323: minister

An Iraqi firefighter works at the site of a Baghdad bombing claimed by the Islamic State group on July 3One of the deadliest bombings to ever hit Iraq killed 323 people, two thirds of whom needed DNA testing to identify, the health minister said, raising an earlier toll from last month’s attack. A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-rigged minibus in a crowded shopping area in Baghdad’s Karrada district early on July 3, sparking infernos in nearby buildings that burned many victims alive. “One hundred and fifteen martyrs were identified directly after the bombing by their families,” health minister Adila Hamoud told a televised news conference.

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