35 killed in suicide bomb at Shiite mosque: Iraq officials

AFP , Wednesday 23 Jan 2013

A suicide bomb in the middle of a funeral at a Shiite mosque in north Iraq killed at least 35 people and wounded 7O others on Wednesday, security and medical officials said.

The blast struck at the Sayida al-Shuhada mosque in Tuz Khurmatu, 175 kilometres (110 miles) north of Baghdad, and targeted the funeral of a relative of a politician who was killed a day earlier.

"Corpses are on the ground of the Husseiniyah (Shiite mosque)," said Shallal Abdul, mayor of Tuz Khurmatu, which lies 175 kilometres (110 miles) north of Baghdad.

"The suicide bomber managed to enter and blow himself up in the middle of the mourners."

Among the wounded was Ali Hashem Mukhtar, the deputy chief of the Iraqi Turkman Front and a provincial councillor in Salaheddin province.

The funeral had been for Mukhtar's brother-in-law, who was shot dead in Tuz Khurmatu on Tuesday afternoon.

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