Two suicide bombers killed 30 people and wounded 65 others when they detonated explosive vests in a busy market in a town north-east of Baghdad on Thursday, Iraqi police said.
Police said the second bomber struck as crowds rushed to evacuate the wounded from the first attack, a common tactic used by bombers to maximise casualties.
Suicide bombings are a tactic mainly employed in Iraq by Sunni Arab militant groups such as al-Qaeda.
Iraq has seen a surge in violence over the past month, mainly involving clashes pitting Shi’ite militias against United States and government troops in Baghdad and the south.
But Sunni Arab al-Qaeda has also struck with a number of large suicide bombings in the north.
Iraqi government figures show April was the deadliest month for civilians since August last year. – Reuters