Suicide bombing, other attacks kill 20 in Iraq

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Associated Press

Posted on September 14, 2013 at 11:02 AM

Updated Saturday, Sep 14 at 12:00 PM

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say a suicide bomber has struck a funeral attended by members of an ethnic minority in northern Iraq, killing at least 15 people.

Authorites say the bomber set off an explosive belt inside a tent during the funeral held by members of the Shabak minority near the city of Mosul, 225 miles northwest of Baghdad.

The Shabaks are ethnic Turkomen and Shiite Muslims. Most of them live in villages east of Mosul, the provincial capital of the ethnically mixed Ninevah province that is predominantly Sunni Muslim. Mosul has been a hub for al-Qaida in Iraq in past years.

In other violence, police officials say a roadside bomb hit a car just north of Baghdad, killing the driver and his wife.

An 11-year old boy was killed when a bomb hit a minibus about 95 miles northeast of Baghdad.

And gunmen stormed a tile factory in eastern Baghdad, killing the factory owner and a worker.

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