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Baghdad mosque victims buried


Victims of a suicide bomb attack at Baghdad’s biggest Sunni mosque have been buried.

The attacker, posing as a beggar, detonated the explosives in the middle of the building just as evening prayers finished.

At least 29 people are reported dead – among them a member of the Iraqi parliament.

It is the most serious incident in Iraq for two weeks, when a series of suicide bombings killed at least 70 people across the country.

The power-sharing government is struggling to overcome sectarian violence between Sunnis and Shi-ites that almost led to civil war after the US-led invasion.

The Umm al-Qura mosque is an important Sunni religious site in the west of Baghdad. Worshippers were at a special service as the holy month of Ramadan draws to a close.

The attack highlights gaps in security measures to protect Iraqi citizens as the US military prepares to completely withdraw its troops.

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