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Blast kills 18 at funeral in Iraq

BAGHDAD — A suicide bomber detonated his explosives during a funeral on Wednesday, killing 18 people, an official told the Associated Press.

The bomb went off at a funeral at a Shiite mosque in northern Iraq. The attack in Tuz Khormato, some 120 kilometers (130 miles) north of Baghdad, is likely to further strain Iraq’s ethnic and sectarian rifts, the AP is reporting.

The head of the Salahuddin provincial health directorate, Raed Ibrahim, told the AP 18 people were killed and 45 were wounded in the attack.

Another official, Lt. Gen. Abdul-Amir al-Zaidi, a military commander, said at least 14 people were killed. At least 44 people were wounded in the attack, including some provincial officials, he said.

Source: Associated Press

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