31 killed in bomb attack at mourners in Iraq's Diyala

31 killed in bomb attack at mourners in Iraq's Diyala

BAQUBA, Iraq, June 10 (Xinhua) -- Up to 31 people were killed and some 28 others wounded in a bomb explosion which targeted mourners in Iraq's eastern province of Diyala on Tuesday, a provincial police source said.

The attack occurred in the morning when dozens of mourners at a cemetery near the provincial capital Baquba, some 65 km northeast of Baghdad, were burying the coffin of Mustafa Abdul-Razzaq, a Sunni teacher in Diyala University, who was assassinated on Monday night by militiamen near his house in Baquba, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Violence and sectarian tensions have been running high recently between Sunni and Shiite communities in the volatile province of Diyala, as Sunnis and Shiites accuse each other of supporting extremists and militiamen.

Diyala province, which stretches from the eastern edges of Baghdad to the border in east of the country, has long been a volatile area since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 despite repeated military operations against the militant groups.