Baghdad bombing: At least 65 killed in attack on Shi'ite stronghold

Attack targeted funeral mourners

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A triple bomb attack on funeral mourners in Baghdad yesterday killed at least 65 people.

In the Iraqi capital's Shi'ite Muslim stronghold of Sadr City, a car bomb went off near the tent where a funeral was being held, before a suicide bomber driving a car blew himself up.

Police said a third explosion followed as emergency services arrived at the scene.

At least 120 others were wounded, medics said.

Basim Raheem, a 35-year-old witness, told Reuters: "Crowds of people were visiting the tent to offer their condolences when suddenly a powerful blast ... threw me to ground.

"When I tried to get up, a second blast happened. My clothes were covered with blood and human flesh. I thought I was wounded, but later discovered I was lying in a pool of others' blood."

In a separate incident, at least eight people were killed when a car bomb exploded in a busy street in the predominantly Shi'ite Ur district of northern Baghdad, police said.

Around 800 Iraqis were killed in acts of violence in August, according to the United Nations.