Suicide bomber hits Iraq’s Shia funeral


At least 18 people have been killed by a suicide bomb at a Shia funeral north-east of Iraq’s capital, officials say.

About 50 people were injured in the blast in Muqdadiya, Diyala province, some 80km (50 miles) from Baghdad.

Local media say some leading figures in the Shia-dominated Popular Mobilisation Forces were among the victims.

No group has so far admitted carrying out the attack – a day after at least 70 were killed by so-called Islamic State (IS) militants in Baghdad.

IS said its militants had organised Sunday’s blasts in the Shia district of Sadr City and more attacks would follow.

The mainly Sunni group, which controls large swathes of northern and western Iraq, has attacked numerous Shia targets in the country recently.

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