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Iraq: 25 dead in sectarian killings

May 17, 2013

A SUICIDE bomber has attacked Shi’ite mourners in north Iraq, killing 12 people, and 13 died in other violence, officials said, as Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki blamed sectarianism for unrest plaguing the country.

The suicide bomber on Thursday tried to enter Al-Zahraa husseiniyah, a Shi’ite place of worship in the city of Kirkuk, where relatives of victims from violence the day before were receiving condolences.

But the attacker was stopped by police, a high-ranking police officer said.

The bomber then detonated an explosives-rigged belt at the entrance, killing 12 people and wounding 40, according to Sadiq Omar Rasul, the head of the Kirkuk health directorate.

Bombings had killed 10 people and wounded 17 in the city on Wednesday.

The Australian

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