Suicide bomber kills 12 at funeral in Baghdad
A suicide bomber killed at least 12 people at a Shiite funeral in a mosque in the Iraqi capital on Friday, security and medical officials said.
The attack in the Al-Ashara al-Mubashareen mosque in the Amil area of south Baghdad also wounded at least 32 people, the officials said.
Two officials said the funeral was for a member of the volunteer paramilitary force known as the Popular Mobilisation units.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but suicide bombings are a tactic used exclusively by Sunni extremists in Iraq, including the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) jihadist group, who consider Shiites to be heretics.
The Popular Mobilisation units — which are dominated by Iranian-backed Shiite militias — are some of the most effective forces in the battle against ISIS, which overran large parts of the country last year.