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Death toll for Iraq's deadliest day in two years rises

At least 115 people have been killed in a spate of attacks across Iraq yesterday.

BAGHDAD // The death toll from Iraq's deadliest day in more than two years has risen to 115, according to officials.

Police and hospital officials said today that five more people died from injuries sustained in a late-night car bombing yesterday near a cafe in a Shiite neighbourhood in eastern Baghdad.

All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to talk to the media.

Initial casualty figures often change in the immediate hours following attacks.

Yesterday's death toll was the worst for a single day in Iraq since May 10, 2010, when a string of nationwide attacks killed at least 119 people.

The attacks came days after the leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq warned that the militant group is regrouping.