BAGHDAD (AP) — More than 90 people are dead after a string of attacks in Iraq today.
In the deadliest of the attacks, two suicide bombers struck a cluster of funeral tents packed with mourning families in a Shiite neighborhood in Baghdad. Police say at least 72 people were killed and more than 120 were wounded.
Police say one bomber was able to drive up near the tent before setting off a car packed with explosives. Another bomber on foot blew himself up nearby.
The attack in the densely populated Shiite neighborhood of Sadr City was one of the biggest single terrorist assaults on civilians in Iraq in recent years.
In one of the day’s other attacks, suicide bombers detonated explosive belts in a police commando headquarters in a city north of Baghdad (Beiji), killing seven policemen and wounding 21 others.
More than 4,000 people have been killed in violent attacks between April and August, according to the United Nations. An Associated Press tally finds nearly 500 others have been killed so far this month.
144-c-09-(Adam Schreck (shrehk), AP correspondent)-”several miles away”-AP correspondent Adam Schreck reports the blast was powerful enough to be seen and felt across the city. (21 Sep 2013)
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143-c-14-(Adam Schreck (shrehk), AP correspondent)-”and explode it”-AP correspondent Adam Schreck reports the driver was able to get the explosives-packed car close enough to the funeral tent to cause maximum carnage. (21 Sep 2013)
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APPHOTO ZHM112: People inspect the site of a double suicide bomb attack, in the Shiite neighborhood of Sadr city in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013. Two suicide bombers, one in an explosives-laden car and the other on foot, hit a cluster of funeral tents packed with mourning families in a Shiite neighborhood in Baghdad, the deadliest in a string of attacks around Iraq that killed at least 92 on Saturday. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban) (21 Sep 2013)
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