• Explosion hits Baghdad funeral, 8 killed

At least eight people have been killed in a powerful bomb explosion at a funeral near the city of Baghdad, the Iraqi capital.

Dozens more sustained injuries in the bomb attack.

Major Hassan Ali, an Interior Ministry official, said the attack took place when a bomber, wearing an explosive belt, detonated himself among many mourners at the funeral tent in Taji area, located some 20 kilometers north of Baghdad.

Ali added that eight people were killed and 31 others were injured in the bombing.

Iraqi security forces sealed off the scene after the explosion as ambulances and civilian cars evacuated the fatalities and wounded people to several nearby hospitals and medical centers.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Wednesday's deadly attack, but such assaults bear the hallmark of those carried out by remnants of the Takfiri terrorist group, Daesh.

On 9 December 2017, Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared the end of military operations against the Daesh terrorist group in the Arab country.

On July 10, Abadi formally declared victory over Daesh terrorist group in Mosul, which served as the terrorists’ main urban stronghold in Iraq.

In the run-up to Mosul's liberation, Iraqi army soldiers and volunteer Hashd al-Sha’abi fighters had made sweeping gains against Daesh.

The Iraqi forces took control of eastern Mosul in January 2017 after 100 days of fighting, and launched the battle in the west on February 19 last year.

Daesh began a terror campaign in Iraq in 2014, overrunning vast swathes in lightning attacks.

May 16, 2018 20:56 Asia/Tehran
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