Suicide Bombing Kills 18 In Baghdad

At least 18 people have been killed, and a further 41 wounded, following a suicide bombing, in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

At least 18 people were killed and 41 wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up at the funeral of a pro-government Shi’ite Muslim fighter in Baghdad on Friday, Iraqi police and medical sources said.

Islamic State militants claimed responsibility for the blast at a mosque in the predominantly Shi’ite neighbourhood of Hay al-Amil.

The ultra-hardline Sunni militants of Islamic State who control large parts of Iraq’s north and west frequently set off bombs in the capital and further afield.

The funeral was for a member of the Hashid Shaabi, a government umbrella group comprised mostly of Shi’ite fighters seen as a critical force in the battle against Islamic State.

Iraq has been afflicted by sectarian conflict mainly between Shi’ite and Sunni Muslims since shortly after the US-led invasion that toppled dictator Saddam Hussein in 2003.

The rise of Islamic State has exacerbated those tensions and prompted US-led air strikes on the militants in areas of Iraq and neighbouring Syria where the jihadists aim to establish a modern-day caliphate.

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