Funerals of over 70 killed in Baghdad bomb blasts

Funerals of over 70 killed in Baghdad bomb blasts
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The funerals of some of the over 70 people killed in a double suicide bomb attack in Baghdad on Saturday have begun to take place.

The victims were attending a funeral in a tent in the Shi’ite Muslim stronghold of Sadr City. At least 120 mourners were also injured.

The explosions caused a large fire, sending a plume of thick black smoke over the Iraqi capital.

No group has claimed responsibility for the blasts.

Less than two hours after the funeral attack, Baghdad residents were shaken by a car bomb blast in the Ur district of the city. At least nine people were killed and over a dozen injured.

Political and religious leaders in Iraq have appealed for calm in the country. Earlier this week, Shia, Sunni and Kurdish political heads signed an “honour pact” against the increasingly violent situation.

More than 500 people have been killed so far this month in Iraq and more than 4,300 since the beginning of the year.

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