Deaths from Baghdad funeral bomb rise to 36
A man mourns his father who was killed Tuesday in a bombing attack on a Baghdad funeral procession.
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — The toll from the deadliest Baghdad attack in five months rose to 36 killed and 34 wounded, said an Iraqi Interior Ministry official on Wednesday.
Tuesday’s suicide bombing on a funeral procession preceded another suicide blast that killed four people Wednesday near a Baquba hospital, said police.
The Baquba bomber, who set off his explosives in a crowd of people, also wounded 23 others, a police official said.
The attack on the Shiite funeral took place in the mixed eastern Baghdad neighborhood of Zayouna. Mourners gathered for Nabil Hussein, an Iraqi killed Friday in a car bombing in central Baghdad’s Tayaran square, the Interior Ministry official said.
“At the end of a three-day mourning period, a terrorist blew up himself in the mourning tent, leaving bodies scattered,” Abu Hasanain, a man wounded in the attack, told AP Television News from his hospital bed.
The attack was the deadliest in the capital since August 1, when a blast from a fuel tanker rigged with explosives killed at least 50 people and wounded 60 others in the western Mansour district.
The funeral was for one of 14 people killed and 64 wounded when a parked car detonated near the square, a popular shopping district for food and clothes. Continued.