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Latest anti-Shiite attack in Iraq kills 15 at funeral

Mourners at a Shiite funeral in Iraq became victims when a suicide bomber blew himself up, killing 15 and injuring 40. The bombing was the latest in a wave of attacks against Shiites.

Stichwort: Das alltägliche Leben in Baghdad trotz politischer Krise Copyright: Karlos Zurutuza, DW Mitarbeiter, Baghdad, März 2012 Description of foto: A man stands next to an improvised tea house in downtown Baghdad Title: “A necessary break” Series Title in case there are several pictures about one topic: In the Streets of Baghdad Tags (Baghdad, Iraq, Arab Summit) Name of the photographer/or source Karlos Zurutuza When was the pic taken? (March 2012) Where was the pic taken (Baghdad, Iraq, Arab Summit) Description of the pic /occasion , situation when pic was taken, whom or what does the pic show? Baghdad residents often take a necessary break for tea or a smoke at humble stalls like the one in the picture. Rechteeinräumung: (I hereby declare that I took this pic and giving DW the right to use it online. In case the picture was taken by a third party, I do hold the rights to this image and is entitled to use it online.)

Das alltägliche Leben in Baghdad trotz politischer Krise

A suicide bomber detonated a bomb at a Shiite funeral on Monday, killing at least 15 and wounding 40 more.

The blast occurred in a tent where mourners, including several high-ranking armed forces members, were paying respects to the family of a Shiite tribal leader in Baquba, authorities said. Baquba is located 50 kilometers (31 miles) northeast of the capital, Baghdad.

Iraq's al Qaeda wing, Islamic State of Iraq, has claimed responsibility for recent attacks in an effort to fuel tensions and weaken Shiite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's government.

A number of bombings have targeted Shiite pilgrims and religious sites, killing at least 130 people and raising fears of more sectarian violence and bloodshed.

Violence in Iraq has declined dramatically since its peak in 2006-2007, but attacks remain common, especially in the capital.

tm/rc (AP, AFP, Reuters)