Saturday, September 21, 2013
Iraqi authorities say an explosives-packed car driven by a suicide attacker has struck a funeral in a Shiite part of Baghdad, killing at least 20 people and wounding dozens.
Police say the attacker struck Saturday in the Iraqi capital's Sadr City neighborhood. They say at least 40 are wounded.
Hospital officials confirmed the casualty figures. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to release the information.
The attack followed a suicide assault on a police headquarters and other insurgent attacks in northern Iraq earlier in the day that killed 11 members of the security forces.
The incidents are the latest in a months-long surge of violence that is raising fears Iraq is slipping back toward the widespread sectarian killings of 2004-2008.