At least 25 dead, 32 wounded in north Iraq suicide attack

IRAQ VIOLENCE

An Iraqi soldier inspects the area after a suicide attack. EFE/File
An Iraqi soldier inspects the area after a suicide attack. EFE/File

— At least 25 people died Saturday and another 32 were wounded in a suicide attack during a funeral at a town near Mosul, northern Iraq, a police official told Efe.

According to the source, a terrorist detonated the belt of explosives he had strapped to his body inside a tent set up for the funeral in the village of Baashiqah, 10 kilometers (6 miles) north of Mosul, capital of the northern province of Nineveh.

All the victims belonged to the Shabak ethnic minority, who mostly live in Nineveh and in the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan, and who profess a religion that contains elements of Christianity and Islam.

Violence has spiked in Iraq over the past year. In August alone, 804 people died, while since early 2013 some 5,000 people have lost their lives in the country, according to U.N. figures.

On Friday, at least 30 people were killed and another 42 were wounded by the explosion of a car bomb near a Sunni mosque in Diyala province, in the eastern part of the country.