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Suicide bomber 'kills 10 people' in northern Iraq

A suicide bomber has killed at least 10 people and wounded 25 in a northern Iraqi town on Sunday, Reuters reports, citing a police source.

The attacker reportedly blew himself up in Muqdadya, 80 km (50 miles) northeast of Baghdad, in a crowd of people at cemetery who had been escorting the body of a prominent Sunni tribal sheikh as part of a funeral procession.

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Suicide blast soldier was former reservist

The 42-year-old physics and geology graduate, WO2 Ian Fisher was born in Barking in Essex, joined the Territorial Army in February 1993.

Warrant Officer Class 2 Ian Michael Fisher.
Warrant Officer Class 2 Ian Michael Fisher. Credit: MoD

After completing his degree at Staffordshire University, and following three and a half years' service as a reservist Lance Corporal, he volunteered to go to Hong Kong in August 1996 as a Regular Private with B Company, 1st Battalion The Staffordshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's).

He completed four previous operational tours from 1999 - once to Northern Ireland, twice to Iraq and a previous tour of Afghanistan in 2011.

Iraq bomb blasts kill at least 62

The death toll from a wave of bombings across Iraq today has risen to at least 62, officials said.

There were a series of car bombings in Baghdad, along with an explosion at a market and a suicide assault in a northern city.

Citizens inspect the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad. Credit: AP Photo/ Khalid Mohammed

Coordinated bombings in Iraq have killed more than 5,000 people since April.

The local branch of al-Qaida often takes responsibility for the assaults, although there was no immediate claim for Sunday's blasts.

At least 49 killed in suicide bombings across Iraq

The aftermath of an attack in Baghdad's Shaab neighbourhood. Credit: APTN

At least 49 people have been killed in a day of bloodshed across Iraq, with 10 car bombs detonated across Baghdad and a suicide bomber attacking soldiers queuing up for their pay in the northern city of Mosul.

The attack on the soldiers claimed 12 lives after a motorist blew himself up outside a bank.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for any of the coordinated blasts in Baghdad, which occurred in predominantly Shiite Muslim areas of the capital and left 37 people dead.

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Barrage of bomb blasts across Iraq kill at least 51

A barrage of car bomb and suicide bomb blasts has rocked Baghdad and two northern communities killing at least 51 people during a major holiday period.

Authorities reported seven car bombs across the Iraqi capital shortly after nightfall, including one near a playground that killed two children.

It followed a car bomb in the ethnic minority village of al-Mouafaqiyah in northern Iraq, and another a few hours later in Tuz Khormato.

The attacks struck as Muslims around the world this week mark the religious holiday of Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of Sacrifice.

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