Car Bomb Kills 28 in Shiite Neighborhood of Baghdad

Posted January 27th, 2012 at 5:15 am (UTC-5)
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Iraqi officials say a car bomb has killed at least 28 people in a predominantly Shi'ite neighborhood of the Iraqi capital.

Hospital officials say at least 60 people were wounded in the suicide bombing, which happened early Friday in the eastern Baghdad neighborhood of Zafaraniyah.

Several police officials said the blast happened near where mourners had gathered for the funeral of a man killed in violence the day before.

At least 17 people died in attacks scattered across the country on Thursday.

There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the Friday attack.

More than 200 people have been killed in attacks in the past month, as a political crisis continues in the Shi'ite-led unity government.

The main Sunni-backed faction, Iraqiya, accuses Shi'ite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki of monopolizing power in Shi'ite hands. Iraqiya has boycotted the Cabinet.