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48 mourners killed by car bomb at Baghdad funeral

A car bomb ripped through a funeral tent in a mainly Shi'ite area of Baghdad yesterday, killing at least 48 people.

It was followed by scuffles between police and Iraqis angry about security failures.

The blast, and three other small bombings yesterday, were the latest in more than a week of attacks that have killed more than 200 people, raising fears about a rise in violence as the US military prepares to withdraw from the country.

The violence has mainly targeted the majority Shiite community and Iraqi security forces, posing a major challenge to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and his fragile coalition government.

Irish Independent