Sunday 19 November 2017

35 killed in IS suicide bomb attack on Baghdad funeral

Thirty-five people have been killed and 63 others injured in a suicide bombing at a funeral in northern Baghdad
Thirty-five people have been killed and 63 others injured in a suicide bombing at a funeral in northern Baghdad

At least 35 people were killed and 63 others injured in a suicide bomb attack on a funeral in northern Baghdad, Iraqi police and hospital officials said.

The attack in the Shaab neighbourhood happened at around lunchtime on Saturday, the officials said.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement carried by the IS-linked Aamaq news agency. The claim could not be independently verified, but it was carried by a news organisation affiliated with the IS group.

The attack comes as Iraqi security forces are preparing for an operation to retake the militant-held northern city of Mosul, the country's second largest city, from IS.

In the past the extremists have increased insurgent attacks inside government-held territory far from the front lines after suffering territorial losses on the battlefield.

Iraq has seen several bombings in recent months, though most have had lower death tolls than Saturday's attack.

In July, a massive car bomb in central Baghdad's popular shopping district of Karradah killed about 300 people and forced the resignation of the country's interior minister.

AP

Press Association

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