Bomber tar­gets fu­neral

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A sui­cide bomber struck a fu­neral gath­er­ing in Bagh­dad yes­ter­day, killing at least 35 peo­ple and wound­ing more than 60, Iraqi po­lice and hospi­tal of­fi­cials said. The at­tack in the Shaab neigh­bour­hood oc­curred about lunchtime, the of­fi­cials said, speak­ing on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause they were not au­tho­rised to brief the me­dia. ISIS claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity in a state­ment car­ried by its Aa­maq news agency. Hus­sein Khazem, the owner of a nearby clothing ware­house, said the bomber det­o­nated his pay­load in­side a fu­neral tent, caus­ing a big ex­plo­sion. He saw a large num­ber of dead and wounded peo­ple, many burn­ing cars and ma­jor dam­age to the lo­cal mar­ket. The dead in­cluded el­derly peo­ple, chil­dren, and some women. He said he closed his shop to help evac­u­ate the wounded.

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