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The Latest: Iraq Executes 5 a Day after Bombing

The Latest: Iraq Executes 5 a Day after Bombing

Monday, 04 July 2016 03:14 PM

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Latest on Sunday's massive bombing in the Iraqi capital (all times local):

9:45 p.m.

Iraq's Justice Ministry says five convicted terrorists have been executed in Baghdad.

Monday's announcement came a day after a massive bombing claimed by the Islamic State group killed more than 150 people in the heart of the Iraqi capital.

In February, Amnesty International reported that the number of Iraqis sentenced to death in 2016 came close to 100. The rights group called it a "grim indicator of the current state of justice in the country."

Despite Iraq's record high rate of executions — the country ranks second behind Iran — attacks are still frequent.

Small-scale bombings occur almost daily in Baghdad, and in May a string of larger bombings, many claimed by IS, killed more than 200 people in a single week.

11:00 a.m.

Iraqi officials say the death toll from Sunday's devastating truck bombing at a bustling Baghdad commercial street has climbed to 142.

The bombing, claimed by the Islamic State group, was the deadliest terror attack in Iraq in a year and one of the worst single bombings in more than a decade of war and insurgency.

Police and health officials said Monday that the death toll is likely to increase as rescuers are stilling looking for missing people. At least 185 people were wounded. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they are not authorized to talk to reporters.

Sunday's attack underscored the IS group's ability to strike the Iraqi capital despite a string of battlefield losses elsewhere in the country and fueled public anger toward their political leadership.

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