TAZA, Iraq, June 20 (UPI) -- A suicide bomber detonated a truck laden with explosives Saturday in Taza, Iraq, killing dozens of people and wounding scores more, authorities said.
The New York Times reported the death toll had reached 59 with at leats 160 others injured, making it the deadliest bombing in the country in two months when a bombing of a Baghdad shrine killed more than 60 people.
The latest attack, which happened shortly before noon prayers near a mosque, left a huge crater and damaged dozens of homes, the Times said.
An unidentified police official estimated the truck held two tons of explosives.
"Our neighborhood is full of blood and bodies," said area resident Fatma Abdul Hussein. "Why? We do not want anything except to live in a secure and stable town."