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A car bomb exploded in an Iraqi town next to a market packed with shoppers preparing to celebrate the end of Ramadan Friday, killing as many as 40 people, officials said.

The car bomb attack in Khan Bani Sa'ad, northeast of Baghdad, injured 54 people, a senior Iraqi security official told NBC News.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Angry crowds went on the rampage after the explosion, smashing the windows of cars parked in the street, Reuters reported.

"Some people were using vegetables boxes to collect body parts of kids' bodies," police major Ahmed al-Tamimi told Reuters, describing the damage to the market as "devastating."