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Car bombing kills 10, wounds 40 at Iraq Shiite funeral

English.news.cn   2011-10-01 00:49:19 FeedbackPrintRSS

BAGHDAD, Sept. 30 (Xinhua) -- A car bombing targeting a Shiite funeral procession near a mosque killed at least 10 people and wounded 40 others in Iraq's southern city of Hilla late on Friday, a local police source said.

The bomb exploded among mourners heading to a funeral tent near the mosque in the evening, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The source said 10 people were killed and 40 wounded in the blast, adding the bomb is possibly detonated by a remote controller. Local reports on casualties vary from three to 18 killed.

The blast also caused damage to some civilian vehicles and nearby buildings, the source said.

Hilla, some 100 km south of Baghdad, is a mainly Shiite city. Attacks on Shiite mosques and religious processions by Sunni insurgents were common during the mayhem in 2006 and 2007 when sectarian conflicts pushed the country to the brink of civil war. But such blatant attacks against Shiite funeral ceremonies are relatively rare in recent years.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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