22 Sep 2013

Mourners killed at funeral in Baghdad

9:01 am on 22 September 2013

Suicide bombers set off two car bombs at a funeral in Baghdad early on Saturday evening, killing 50 people.

The BBC reports the bomb was detonated near a tent filled with mourners in the Shi'ite stronghold of Sadr City. Officials said at least 100 people were wounded.

In another incident, al-Sumaria News reported eight civilians were killed and at least 12 wounded when a parked car exploded in the district of Ur in eastern Baghdad.

Earlier on Saturday, 11 people were killed during an assault on a police station in Baiji, north of Baghdad.

Sectarian killings have surged across Iraq in recent months, in part due to the conflict in neighbouring Syria.