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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Iraq bombings death toll increases

People inspect the site of a suicide bomb attack in the Shiite neighbourhood of Sadr city in Baghdad, Iraq (AP)
People inspect the site of a suicide bomb attack in the Shiite neighbourhood of Sadr city in Baghdad, Iraq (AP)

A suicide attacker has 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.

Sunday's attack came only a day after a wave of attacks, mainly on a Shiite 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.

Two separate bombings left two security force members dead and 37 people wounded in the country's north.

In the first attack, Kirkuk Police Brigadier General Anwar Mohammed Qadir said a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden car into a residential area in the city of Kirkuk, wounding 35 people. Bombers targeted both a Kurdish educational office and an adjacent house for a Christian lawmaker, said Mr Qadir. Seven members of the lawmaker's family were wounded in the attack.

Kirkuk is home to an ethnic mix of Arabs, Kurds and Turkomen who all have competing claims to the oil-rich area. Attacks have spiked in Iraq during the past few months. More than 4,000 people have been killed in violence between April and August, a level of bloodshed not seen since the country was on the brink of civil war in 2008.

Hours after the suicide bombing, police said a roadside bomb struck a security convoy near the northern city of Mosul, killing two soldiers and wounding two others.

Meanwhile, authorities raised the death toll for a deadly double suicide attack on a funeral inside a Shiite neighborhood in eastern Baghdad a day earlier. The new death toll brings to 78 the number of people killed that devastating attack.

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