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Bomber kills 10 at funeral in northern Iraq

The violence in Iraq continues. Scene from November's market attack in Tuz Khurmato

A suicide bomber blew himself up at a funeral procession in a northern Iraq town on Sunday, killing at least 10 people and wounding 25, police said.

The attack took place in Muqdadya, 80 km (50 miles) northeast of Baghdad, among a crowd of mourners in a cemetery. They had been escorting the body of a prominent pro-government Sunni Muslim tribal sheikh.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but insurgents linked to al Qaeda have frequently targeted local Sunni leaders and their followers considered supportive of Iraq’s Shi’ite-led government.

Iraq is suffering from its worst wave of violence in at least five years. Insurgents have increased bomb attacks and shootings against civilians and security forces.

The government says the civil war in neighbouring Syria is stirring violence in Iraq. It says groups mainly linked to the Iraqi wing of al Qaeda are trying to intensify conflict.

On Friday police discovered the bodies of 18 men, including a Sunni tribal sheikh and his son, who had been abducted and shot in the head near Baghdad in an attack a senior security official said bore the hallmarks of al Qaeda.

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