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An attack carried out by multiple suicide bombers and gunmen on a Shiite shrine in Balad, north of Baghdad killed 26 and injured 52, the Associated Press reports. Before the attack, Iraqi hospital and police officials said, “Their death toll from Sunday’s Baghdad attack now stood at 186, with around 20 people still missing, as more remains were recovered from the rubble. However, Ahmad Roudaini, from the Health Ministry’s media office, said the ministry’s death toll is 292, the AP says.
The discrepancies in the numbers appear because of the need to carry out DNA-testing for many of those who were burned beyond recognition. Angry friends and family of the victims tried to push into one of the buildings, but civilian volunteers held them back. The Islamic State group targeted Baghdad’s Karada neighborhood before the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr.