Update: Death toll from Baghdad blast rises to 281
July 7, Baghdad: Iraqi Health Ministry said that the death toll from a car bombing at a crowded shopping area in Iraq's capital Baghdad last weekend has risen to 281.
More than 300 people were wounded and many died later in hospital.
DNA samples have been collected from 150 families to identify bodies charred beyond recognition, Hamoud told al-Iraqiya state TV on Thursday.
It was the country's worst attack since the 2003 US-led invasion.
According to local news reports, a lorry packed with explosives blew up at about 2200 GMT on Saturday - 1am local time on Sunday - in the central Karada district, a predominantly Shia neighbourhood.
At the time, families were shopping for presents for the Eid holiday at the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, and restaurants were crowded for the pre-dawn meal in preparation for a day of fasting.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group, which holds territory in Iraq, claimed responsibility for the attack.
The Oslo Times International News Network