More than 50 people have been killed in a suicide car bomb attack in a crowded market in the southern Iraqi city of Kufa. Close to 100 people have been injured. The assault sparked brief clashes between protestors and police – angry crowds reportedly attacked officers with rocks as they arrived at the scene. The police retaliated by firing into the air to disperse the group.
It is the latest in a series of attacks against Shi’ite targets by suspected Sunni insurgents, which has pushed Iraq to the brink of civil war. It came just a day after gunmen killed more than 50 people in an attack in a market near Baghdad. Kufa was the scene of another deadly attack earlier this month, when a suicide car bomber killed 10 people and wounded 40 after targeting two buses carrying Iranian pilgrims.