Baghdad funeral bombing death toll rises to 48

January 27, 2011 18:20


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BAGHDAD  — Iraqi officials said the death toll from a car bomb near a Shi'ite funeral has risen to 48.

The blast Thursday sparked skirmishes between Iraqi troops and protesters who were infuriated by the security lapse. Officials said at least 121 people were wounded in the explosion.

It was the latest bombing in more than a week of attacks that have killed more than 200 people across Iraq, mostly Shi'ites and security forces.

The uptick in violence has sparked fears about Iraq's stability as US military prepares to withdraw from the country at the end of the year.

Iraqi police and officials at three Baghdad hospitals confirmed the casualties but spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to release the information.

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