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Up to 8 killed in suicide bombing at funeral near Iraq’s Baghdad

Up to 8 killed in suicide bombing at funeral near Iraq’s Baghdad

BAGHDAD, May 16 (Xinhua) — Up to eight people were killed and 31 wounded Wednesday in a suicide bomb attack at a funeral tent near the Iraqi capital Baghdad, an Interior Ministry official told Xinhua.

The attack took place around noon when a suicide bomber wearing an explosive belt detonated himself among many mourners at the funeral tent in Taji area, some 20 km north of Baghdad, Major Hassan Ali said.

“The latest report said that the death toll rose to eight and 31 injured by the suicide bombing,” Ali added.

Iraqi security forces sealed off the scene, as ambulances and civilian cars evacuated the killed and wounded people to several nearby hospitals and medical centers, he said.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Islamic State (IS) militant group, in most cases, is responsible for such suicide attacks, targeting areas where crowds of people gather, including markets, cafes and mosques across Iraq.

The attack came as Iraqi held its parliamentary elections on May 2, which is the first since the full territorial defeat of Islamic State (IS) group in Iraq in December 2017.

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