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Eight killed as Baghdad suicide bomber blows up mourners

FILE PICTURE -- Iraqi security forces gather near blood stains at the scene of a double suicide bombing in central Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018.
AP Photo/Ali Abdul Hassan

Eight people were killed and about 30 others wounded Wednesday when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a tent filled with mourners in Baghdad, police and medical sources said.

The attack hit the Taji district in the north of the Iraqi capital at around 1030 GMT, a police source said.

Security forces central command said the attack had "killed and wounded civilians" without providing figures.

Medical sources at a local hospital had given an earlier toll of four dead.

The attack comes as Iraq begins sifting through the results of parliamentary elections held earlier in the month, during which the ruling coalition suffered a slump.

The police source said some members of the Hashed al-Shaabi militia that was influential in the fightback against the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group in the past three years were among those killed.

IS has lost most of the territory it seized in Iraq in 2014 but still carries out regular individual attacks.


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