Suicide bomber kills 29 in Baghdad, police say

60 wounded after suicide bomber detonated explosives near Shi'ite funeral procession in what is believed to be latest Sunni insurgents' attack.

January 27, 2012 12:59
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Aftermath of Iraqi bomb attack [file]

Aftermath of Iraqi bomb attack 370. (photo credit: REUTERS)

BAGHDAD - At least 29 people were killed when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives near a Baghdad marketplace on Friday, the latest attack on a mainly Shi'ite neighborhood since a political crisis erupted in December, police and hospital sources said.

The bomber exploded his vehicle near a passing Shi'ite funeral procession by a small street market in the Zaafaraniya neighborhood, killing at least 29 and wounding around 60 more, police officials and sources at three hospitals said.

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Iraqi authorities blame Sunni Islamist insurgents for attacks targeting Shi'ites in an attempt to stoke the kind of sectarian violence in 2006-2007 which killed tens of thousands.

"The suicide car bomber failed to arrive at the Zaafaraniya police station so he blew himself up close to shops and the market," said an official at the office of Baghdad security spokesman Qassim al-Moussawi.

The funeral was for a Shi'ite real estate agent who was killed by gunmen in Baghdad a day earlier, police said.

A string of attacks has targeted Shi'ites during the crisis triggered when Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's government sought the arrest of a Sunni vice president and asked lawmakers to remove a Sunni deputy prime minister shortly after the last US troops left Iraq on Dec. 18.

Violence has eased since the heights of sectarian strife unleashed by the 2003 invasion that ousted Sunni dictator Saddam Hussein. But Iraqi forces are still battling Sunni insurgents and rival Shi'ite militias.

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