Baghdad has funerals for 28 killed in park suicide bomb
AFPBAGHDAD--Baghdad residents held funerals Saturday for victims of a suicide bombing that killed 28 people in a city park, even as authorities pressed operations against militants to stem growing violence.
August 25, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has nevertheless vowed to press on with the campaign, even as analysts and diplomats have voiced fears that Iraq is teetering on the edge of a return to the all-out sectarian war that left tens of thousands dead in 2006 and 2007.
Friday's violence killed 37 people, most of them in Baghdad.
In the worst attack, a suicide bomber detonated explosives in a small park in the confessionally mixed north Baghdad neighborhood of Qahira, where families were gathered in the evening.
The blast — like many recent ones targeting crowded areas to inflict maximum casualties — killed at least 28 people and wounded 58 others, security and medical officials said. Nine other attacks in Baghdad, Mosul, Dujail and Hilla killed nine people on Friday.