Suicide bomber kills 12 at Sunni funeral in Iraq

22 Sep

By W.G. Dunlop

BAGHDAD — A suicide bomber struck a Sunni funeral in Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least 12 people, Iraqi officials said, a day after blasts targeting Shiite mourners killed more than 70.

Major attacks have alternatively hit Sunnis, Shiites, and then Sunnis again over the past three days.

Iraq was ravaged by bloody Sunni-Shiite violence that peaked in 2006-2007 and killed thousands of people, and there are persistent fears of a return to all-out sectarian conflict.

The suicide bombing in the Dura area of south Baghdad hit a funeral tent for a Sunni man who had been shot dead three days before, and also wounded 46 people.

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