Iraq: Suicide bomber kills 11 at Shi'ite funeral
A blaze engulfs a car at the scene of an explosion in the Shiite Muslim Al-Amin district of Baghdad on December 8. [AFP]
Iraqi insurgents continue their campaign of deadly attacks in a suicide bombing that killed 11 and wounded 20 people at a Shi'ite Muslim funeral in a city northeast of Baghdad on Tuesday, police said.
The bombing took place 40 miles from of the capital, in Baquba, at a funeral for a group of Shi'ite shepherds who had been killed by unidentified gunmen outside the city recently.
Suicide bombings have been a trademark weapon of choice of Sunni insurgents linked to al Qaeda even though no one immediately claimed responsibility. Al Qaeda have been blamed for this year's rise in violence that has mostly targeted civilians.
Baquba has been hit by some of the deadliest attacks. A different suicide bomber targeted another funeral in a nearby town earlier this month.
Iraq's Shi'ite-led government claims that the violence is fuelled by the war in neighboring Syria, which has stirred sectarian strife across the Middle East.
According to the United Nations, more than 8,000 people have been killed in Iraq so far in 2013. That means that this year may end up being the highest death toll since Sunni-Shi'ite bloodshed peaked in 2006-07.