Iraq Funeral Suicide Bomb Kills 12

Iraq Funeral Suicide Bomb Kills 12

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Suicide bombing at the funeral of the son of a tribal leader and anti-Al-Qaeda militiaman killed 12 people and wounded 25 others in central Iraq on Sunday, officials said.

The funeral had been for Mudher al-Shallal al-Araki, who was killed in a roadside bombing near his family's home in the restive city of Baquba, north of Baghdad, the previous evening, according to a police colonel and Dr Hussein al-Tamimi from a nearby hospital.

The blast struck at the graveyard where the procession, which included relatives and members of the family's tribe, was due to bury the body.

Araki had been a fighter in the Sahwa, the militia formed of Sunni tribesmen that, from late 2006 began siding with US forces against their co-religionists in Al-Qaeda, helping turn the tide of Iraq's insurgency, AFP reported.

But militants regard them as traitors and often target them for attacks.

Baquba is the capital of confessionally-mixed Diyala province, which remains one of the least stable areas in the country and regularly suffers deadly violence.

It is the latest in a protracted surge in bloodshed, Iraq's worst since 2008, that has forced authorities to appeal for international help in combatting militancy just months before general elections.

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