Bomb attacks killed at least 42 and more than 100 wounded in Iraq

Three blasts, two of them suicide car bombs striking neighborhoods in Iraq’s eastern Diyala province killed at least 42 and more than 100 wounded on Monday night.

These attacks claimed by the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, in a statement distributed on Twitter, saying Abdullah al-Ansai, an Iraqi fighter detonated his explosives-laden vehicle in the predominantly Shiite neighborhood of Huwaydah.

Another blast took place past a checkpoint before blowing himself up in Kanaan district, killing at least 10 and wounding the same number, a police said.

Residents of Diyala have been calling for a more secured protection after IS group bombed a marketplace killing 115 last month.

The Khan Bani Saad blast shocked the nation as it came on the eve of the feast in the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

Security forces and militant groups are currently focused on routing IS from the western province of Anbar, where they have been gearing up for an offensive to retake the sprawling Sunni heartland.