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35 killed in IS suicide bomb attack on Baghdad funeral

Published 15/10/2016

An Iraqi inspects a damaged car at the site of a suicide bombing that targeted Shiite Muslims on October 15, 2016 in the Shaab area of the Iraqi capital Baghdad. AFP/Getty Images
An Iraqi inspects a damaged car at the site of a suicide bombing that targeted Shiite Muslims on October 15, 2016 in the Shaab area of the Iraqi capital Baghdad. AFP/Getty Images
Fifteen people have been killed and at least 45 others injured in a suicide bombing at a funeral in northern Baghdad

At least 35 people were killed and 63 others injured in a suicide bomb attack on a funeral in northern Baghdad, Iraqi police and hospital officials said.

The attack in the Shaab neighbourhood happened at around lunchtime on Saturday, the officials said.

People gather at the site of a suicide bomb attack in the city's northern Shaab district in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016.(AP Photo/Karim Kadim)
People gather at the site of a suicide bomb attack in the city's northern Shaab district in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016.(AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement carried by the IS-linked Aamaq news agency. The claim could not be independently verified, but it was carried by a news organisation affiliated with the IS group.

The attack comes as Iraqi security forces are preparing for an operation to retake the militant-held northern city of Mosul, the country's second largest city, from IS.

In the past the extremists have increased insurgent attacks inside government-held territory far from the front lines after suffering territorial losses on the battlefield.

Iraq has seen several bombings in recent months, though most have had lower death tolls than Saturday's attack.

In July, a massive car bomb in central Baghdad's popular shopping district of Karradah killed about 300 people and forced the resignation of the country's interior minister.

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Iraqis clean a tent at the site of a suicide bombing that targeted Shiite Muslims on October 15, 2016 in the Shaab area of the Iraqi capital Baghdad. AFP/Getty Images
Iraqis clean a tent at the site of a suicide bombing that targeted Shiite Muslims on October 15, 2016 in the Shaab area of the Iraqi capital Baghdad. AFP/Getty Images
People gather at the site of a suicide bomb attack in the city's northern Shaab district in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)
People gather at the site of a suicide bomb attack in the city's northern Shaab district in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)
Iraqis clean a tent at the site of a suicide bombing that targeted Shiite Muslims on October 15, 2016 in the Shaab area of the Iraqi capital Baghdad. AFP/Getty Images
Iraqis clean a tent at the site of a suicide bombing that targeted Shiite Muslims on October 15, 2016 in the Shaab area of the Iraqi capital Baghdad. AFP/Getty Images

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