Car bomb kills 21 celebrating end of Ramadan in Iraq: police

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Posted: Jul 17, 2015 2:04 PM

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A car bomb exploded in a busy market in an Iraqi town on Friday, killing at least 21 people, including children, celebrating the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, police said.

A further 50 people were wounded by the blast in Khan Bani Saad, about 30 km (20 miles) northeast of Baghdad.

No group immediately claimed responsibility, but Islamic State militants who control large parts of northern and western Iraq have previously carried out attacks in the ethnically mixed eastern province of Diyala where Khan Bani Saad is located.

Angry crowds went on the rampage after the explosion, smashing the windows of cars parked in the street in grief and anger.

"Some people were using vegetables boxes to collect body parts of kids' bodies," said police major Ahmed al-Tamimi from the site of the explosion, describing the damage to the market as "devastating".

(Reporting by Isabel Coles; Editing by Andrew Heavens)