Suicide bomber kills 30 at funeral in Iraq

Security forces inspect the site of a car bomb explosion in Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan Region Sunday.

Story highlights

  • At least 12 people are killed in a separate attack in Iraq's Kurdish region
  • Iraq has seen a sharp increase in tension between its Shiite and Sunni populations
  • 42 other people were injured while attending a funeral at the mosque

At least 30 people were killed and 42 injured Sunday when a suicide bomber wearing an explosive vest attacked a mosque south of Baghdad, according to police and health officials.

The mosque is located in al-Musayab, about 70 kilometers (43 miles) south of the capital.

The attack targeted Shiite mourners, who were at the mosque for a funeral.

Iraq has seen a sharp increase in tension between its Shiite and Sunni populations since April, when security forces raided a site used by Sunni protesters to demonstrate against the Shiite-led government.

Sunnis, who represent a minority of Iraqis, have felt politically marginalized since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in 2003. Shiites, who make up a majority of Iraqis, now dominate the government.

In a separate incident Sunday, at least 12 people were killed in an attack on the security headquarters of the regional Kurdish government in Erbil.

A suicide bomber in a minibus attempted to enter the facility. Kurdish security forces opened fire, and the vehicle exploded.

At the same time, gunmen opened fire and attempted to storm the headquarters, according to a statement from the Kurdistan Regional Government.

Of the 12 people killed, six were "terrorists" and six were members of the security forces, it said. More than 40 people were injured.