Triple suicide bombing in Iraq kills 58 people
13 October 2014, 10:59
Baghdad - Iraqi officials in eastern Diyala province say the death toll in a triple suicide bombing has jumped to 58 people killed, including members of the Kurdish security forces and civilians.
Bashir al-Dalawi, a member of the Qara Tappah municipal council, where the attacks took place, said that the bombs detonated near a government building, leading to the higher death toll. He says at least 107 people were wounded in the attack.
Hospital officials confirmed the death toll, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to brief journalists.
The Islamic State group claimed the attack, saying it was carried out by three foreign jihadists. The Islamic State group is battling Iraqi forces after its lightning offensive earlier this year saw it seize about a third of the country.