Suicide bomber hits mosque in Iraq, killing 18

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi authorities say a suicide bomber has detonated his explosives belt inside a Shiite mosque south of Baghdad, killing 18 in the latest episode of violence to hit the troubled country.

Mayor Qassim Raheem of the town of Musayyib, about 40 miles south of the capital, said the bomber was linked to al-Qaida and took advantage of large crowds at a funeral for victims of a roadside bombing.

Earlier today, a twin suicide car bombing and ensuing firefight in the capital of Iraq’s largely peaceful self-ruled northern Kurdish region killed at least six members of the security forces and wounded 30 others.

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