Baghdad bombing death toll rises to more than 140

Numbers rose as bodies were recovered from the rubble and people succumbed to their injuries.

FILE: Iraqis inspect the damage at the site of a suicide car bombing claimed by the Islamic State group on 3 July, 2016 in Baghdad’s central Karrada district. Picture: AFP.

BAGHDAD - The death toll from a double bomb attack in Baghdad has risen to 147 and another 35 people are missing, police and medical sources said on Monday.

Numbers rose as bodies were recovered from the rubble and people succumbed to their injuries, the officials added.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the blasts on Saturday night into Sunday morning, the deadliest this year.

A refrigerator truck packed with explosives blew up in the central district of Karrada, killing 115 people and injuring at least 200. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement circulated online by supporters of the ultra-hardline Sunni group. It said the blast was a suicide bombing.

Karrada was busy at the time as Iraqis eat out and shop late during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which ends next week with the Eid al-Fitr festival.

The White House on Sunday said the attack only strengthened the United States' resolve to confront Islamic State. "We remain united with the Iraqi people and government in our combined efforts to destroy ISIL," said the White House statement, referring to Islamic State.

Videos posted on social media showed people running after the SUV convoy of Abadi as he left Karrada after touring the scene, throwing pavement stones, bottles of water, empty buckets and slippers, venting their anger at the inability of the security forces to protect the area.

Abadi declared three days of mourning for the victims, according to state-run media that also cited him saying he understood the angry reaction of residents.