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Civilian pickup trucks loaded with casualties and ambulances with sirens blaring were seen racing from the scene after two suicide bombers, one in an explosives-laden car and the other on foot, hit a funeral procession in Baghdad that killed at least 92 people today.
The explosions set the tents and several nearby cars on fire, sending a towering plume of thick black smoke over the city.
Two suicide bombers, one in an explosives-laden car and the other on foot, hit a cluster of funeral tents packed with mourning families in a Shiite neighbourhood in Baghdad, the deadliest in a string of attacks around Iraq that killed at least 92 people today.
The Associated Press reported that the attack on the funeral was one of the largest single terrorist assaults on civilians in Iraq in recent years. It happened shortly before sunset in the densely populated Shiite neighbourhood of Sadr City in northeastern Baghdad.
Police said at least 72 people were killed and more than 120 were wounded in that attack. One bomber was able to drive up near the tent before detonating his deadly payload, and another on foot blew himself up nearby, police said.
Iraqi officials said the death toll from a bombing at a funeral in a Shi'ite area of Baghdad has risen to 51, the Associated Press reported.
Police officials said the attack early this evening involved a suicide bomber who detonated his explosives-laden car near mourners gathered in a funeral tent in the Iraqi capital's Sadr City neighbourhood, as well as a second blast caused by suicide bomber on foot.
Women and children are among the dead and at least 70 people have been injuries, the officials added.
Iraqi officials said a suicide attacker has detonated an explosives-packed car at a funeral in a Shi'ite area of Baghdad, killing at least 20 people, the Associated Press reported.
Police said the attacker struck today in the Iraqi capital's Sadr City neighbourhood.
At least 40 people have been injured, police told the news agency.
The attack followed a suicide assault on a police headquarters and other insurgent attacks in northern Iraq earlier in the day that killed 11 members of the security forces.