The police in Amerli said that the truck used in Saturday’s attack concealed 4.5 tons of explosives beneath watermelons. The blast leveled dozens of houses and shops, trapping and killing many residents beneath the rubble.
Casualty counts conflicted. Some officials put the toll between 130 and 150, but Col. Abbas Mohammed Ameen, the police commander of Tuz Khurmato, a town about 15 miles away, said the toll was 155 dead and 265 wounded.
If that is correct, the Amerli attack would be the single worst bombing in the war, deadlier than the March truck bombing in Tal Afar that killed 152 people.
4.5 tons...tons! And to think that the planners of this attack celebrated when news of the toll reached them. It's just...unbelievable.