Iraq bomber kills 25 at funeral

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A suicide bomber blew himself up at a Kurdish funeral in Iraq's volatile, ethnically mixed northern Diyala province today, killing 25 people and wounding 45, police said.

They said news of casualty numbers from the bombing of the densely packed crowd were still coming in and the toll would most likely rise.

Earlier, a bomb at a west Baghdad bus terminal killed nine people and wounded 23, Iraqi police said, the second bomb attack in the predominantly Sunni Arab Abu Ghraib district this month.

A source in Abu Ghraib hospital said they had received eight bodies from the blast and treated nine people for wounds so far.

Violence has dropped sharply in Iraq in the last year to lows rarely seen since mid-2003, but militants, mostly linked to Sunni Islamist al-Qa'ida, have shown themselves still capable of launching devastating bomb attacks.

On 10 March, a suicide bomber killed at least 28 people in Abu Ghraib. The bomb targeted tribal leaders and security officials who had gathered for a reconciliation conference.