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Candles are seen at the site of a suicide car bomb attack over the weekend at the shopping area of Karrada in Baghdad, Iraq July 6, 2016. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

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BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The death toll from a massive suicide bombing in Baghdad over the weekend has reached 281, Iraq's Health Ministry said in a statement on Thursday.

The attack, claimed by the militant group Islamic State, which the government is battling in the north and west, was the deadliest of the many car bombings in Baghdad since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.

The truck bomb went off in a busy shopping street in a mainly Shi'ite Karrada district of central Baghdad.

The previous death toll from the ministry, announced on Tuesday, was 250.

(Reporting by Ahmed Rasheed; Writing by Maher Chmaytelli; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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