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15 killed in Iraq car bomb attack

A car bomb has exploded near a mosque south of Baghdad killing 15 people, police and medical officials said.

A total of 42 people were also wounded in the bombing.

Many of the dead and injured had been attending a funeral ceremony outside the mosque.

The explosion triggered fresh anger towards Iraq's leaders, who will soon take over full responsibility for the country's security as US troops rapidly leave the country.

The blast took place in a town just outside Hillah, about 60 miles south of Baghdad.

The car was located in a car park near the mosque. The mosque as well as a nearby holy Shiite shrine were damaged.

"I heard the blast, then was hit by glass from windows and my hand was bleeding severely," said Mohammed Ali, a 42-year-old farmer who was inside the mosque when the bomb hit.

"I blame the security forces for such a horrible breach. How can such a thing happen? Where were they?" Mr Ali said.

Earlier, a car bomb attack in Kirkuk, 180 miles north of Baghdad, killed a number of policemen.

A suicide bomber detonated his explosives-packed car near a bank where policemen were picking up their wages.

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