A suicide bomber Sunday blew himself up at a funeral in southern Iraq, killing at least 24 people, said security officials, dpa reported.
Thirty were wounded in the attack that targeted a mourning ceremony in the mostly Shiite city of Hilla, some 100 kilometres south of the Iraqi capital Baghdad.
There has been a sharp rise in attacks in Iraq in recent months, raising fears of a return to the sectarian violence that pushed the country to the brink of civil war in 2006 and 2007.
According to United Nations estimates, 1,057 people were killed in July, the deadliest month in more than five years in Iraq, while at least 916 civilians were killed in August.
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