Suicide bomber attacks Iraq funeral, killing 30

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People inspect damage at the site of a blast in Bartala in Nineveh province, north of Baghdad, last year. AFP/file
At least 30 people have been killed and 25 wounded in a suicide bomb attack on the funeral for a member of an ethnic minority in Iraq\’s northern province of Nineveh, officials say. 
The attack took place in a town near Mosul in the volatile province of Nineveh. 
Medical officials say a bomber wearing an explosives belt targeted mourners at a ceremony for a member of the Shabak ethnic minority who died of natural causes. 
There were no immediate claims of responsibility. But, militants have targeted sites in ethnically mixed Nineveh province in previous attacks. 
In recent months, Iraq has experienced a nationwide surge in violence. 
United Nations casualty figures show more than 4,800 civilians were killed this year through August, a figure that is more than double the number of fatalities for the same period last year. 
On Saturday, explosions elsewhere in Iraq left several people dead, including a roadside bomb blast north of Baghdad that killed two people.
Source: Agencies

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