17 killed in suicide bombing in Iraq


Baghdad, Feb 29 (IANS) At least 17 people were killed and 41 others were injured on Monday in a suicide bomb attack in Iraq’s eastern province of Diyala, a provincial security source told Xinhua.

The suicide bomber wearing an explosive vest detonated himself at a funeral tent in the Shiite village of Brishtah, 100 km northeast of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, the source said on condition of anonymity.

He added that provincial security authorities imposed a curfew and intensified security measures in numerous villages and towns in the area, including Maqdadiyah, to prevent potential retaliatory attacks.

IS has frequently targeted crowded areas, including markets, cafes and mosques throughout Iraq.

Iraq is currently witnessing a wave of violence since IS took over areas of Iraq’s northern and western regions in June 2014.

A United Nations report estimated that over 22,300 people were either killed or injured in armed conflict in Iraq in 2015.