Suicide bomber kills 30 at funeral in Iraq

Posted on: 6:47 pm, September 29, 2013, by , updated on: 06:14pm, September 29, 2013

Mideast Iraq

(CNN) — At least 30 people were killed and 42 injured Sunday when a suicide bomber wearing an explosive vest attacked a mosque south of Baghdad, according to police and health officials.

The mosque is located in al-Musayab, about 70 kilometers (43 miles) south of the capital.

The attack targeted Shiite mourners, who were at the mosque for a funeral.

Iraq has seen a sharp increase in tension between its Shiite and Sunni populations since April, when security forces raided a site used by Sunni protesters to demonstrate against the Shiite-led government.

Sunnis, who represent a minority of Iraqis, have felt politically marginalized since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in 2003. Shiites, who make up a majority of Iraqis, now dominate the government.

In a separate incident Sunday, at least 12 people were killed in an attack on the security headquarters of the regional Kurdish government in Erbil.

A suicide bomber in a minibus attempted to enter the facility. Kurdish security forces opened fire, and the vehicle exploded.

At the same time, gunmen opened fire and attempted to storm the headquarters, according to a statement from the Kurdistan Regional Government.

Of the 12 people killed, six were “terrorists” and six were members of the security forces, it said. More than 40 people were injured.

From Mohammed Tawfeeq