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At funeral suicide bomber kills 35

At least 35 people are dead after a suicide bomber detonated at a funeral near a Shiite mosque in northern Iraq on Wednesday.

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People gather around the site of a car bombing in the north Baghdad neighbourhood of Shuala on Jan. 22, 2013. (Ali Al-Saadi/AFP/Getty Images)

At a funeral near a Shiite mosque in northern Iraq a suicide bomber killed at least 35 people and wounded more on Wednesday, according to CNN.

"I was sitting in the seats at the back when all of sudden I heard the sound of a huge explosion," a wounded Abbas Qadir Mohammed told Reuters. "Thank God I was behind because people in front of me saved me with their bodies."

Deputy governor of Salaheddin province Ahmed Abdul-Wahed was reported dead, according to CNN.

The bombing occurred in Tuz Khurmatu city, and according to the Wall Street Journal, is part of Iraq's continued ethnic and sectarian violence.

No group has yet claimed responsibility, but Reuters notes Al Qaeda's Islamic State of Iraq has attacked Shiite Muslim before, trying to instigate widespread sectarian violence similar that of 2006-2007.

On Tuesday attacks killed 24 Iraq citizens.

The New York Times notes these attacks come during a moment of extreme political uncertainty as Sunnis protest against the government of Shiite Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki and ethnic violence continues to plague the country.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/130123/at-funeral-suicide-bomber-kills-35