BAGHDAD, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- A Baghdad suicide bomber, luring the unemployed to his truck with promises of work, killed at least 60 people and injured 220 others Tuesday.
Hours after the 7 a.m. blast in the crowded Tayaran Square, officials had not clarified whether one or two bombs had been detonated, as damage was so extensive, the BBC said.
Iraqi Interior Ministry officials said a pickup truck pulled up the square carrying more than 400 pounds of explosives, CNN reported. The driver indicated to the Shiite laborers carrying shovels and picks he had jobs and crowds surged around the truck as it exploded.
Some witnesses claimed a second bomb went off almost immediately but that was not confirmed.
Despite Iraqi government attempts and increased U.S. security patrols in the city, sectarian violence between Sunni and majority Shiite Muslims is increasing. Police said 51 bound, tortured and bullet-riddled bodies had been collected Monday across Baghdad.