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Suicide bomber kills 16 at funeral

23 September 2013, 07:45

Baghdad - Iraqi authorities say a suicide attacker killed 16 people and wounded 35 others at a Sunni funeral in Baghdad.

Police officials said the Sunday evening attack took place when a suicide bomber detonated his explosive belt inside a tent where a Sunni funeral was being held in Baghdad's southern neighbourhood of Dora.

Medics in a nearby hospital confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk to media.

Sunday's attack came only a day after a wave of attacks, mainly on a Shi'ite funeral in Baghdad, killed 104 people. Violence has spiked in Iraq during the past few months. More than 4 000 people have been killed in violence between April and August.

- AP


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