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36 killed, 40 wounded in Iraqi funeral blast

Attackers destroy 20 fuel tankers north of Baghdad



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BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- A suicide bomber killed 36 people and wounded 40 others at funeral procession in northeast Iraq, officials said.

The blast was one of several deadly attacks across Iraq on Wednesday.

The attack on the procession occurred at 1 p.m. (1000 GMT) in Muqdadiya, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) north of Baghdad, officials said.

Those attending the funeral were on foot when the bomber mixed in among them.

The funeral was for Mohammed al-Bakka, nephew of Ahmed al-Bakka, Ahmed al-Bakk, ahead of Muqdadiya's Dawa party and director of the town.

Ahmed al-Bakka survived an assassination attempt Tuesday, but a bodyguard and his nephew were killed.

Dawa is the party Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari.

Earlier Wednesday, five people were killed and 15 wounded in a car bomb attack on an Iraqi police patrol in northern Baghdad. The casualties included police officers and civilians.

The attack occurred about 10 a.m. in the Kadhimiya neighborhood.

About an hour afterward, Iraq police commandos battled insurgents for about 30 minutes in western Baghdad's Gazaliya neighborhood.

The firefight left one commando dead and 17 other people wounded, including 16 commandos.

Also Wednesday, Three people died and 11 more were wounded when a parked car bomb remotely detonated in an attack on an Iraqi police commando patrol in southern Baghdad's al-Dora neighborhood, Baghdad police said.

An Iraqi police commando was among the dead, and six commandos were wounded in the 3 p.m. attack, the official said.

Meanwhile, attackers used rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns Wednesday to destroy 20 fuel tankers in two attacks on a convoy traveling from a refinery in Baiji to Baghdad, an official with the Salah al-Din Joint Coordination Center told CNN.

The first attack took place in Tikrit, where gunmen hit a tanker with an RPG and killed the driver. An hour later, gunmen attacked the same convoy in Mashahda, about 90 kilometers (60 miles) north of Baghdad, destroying 19 more tankers, the officials said.

The fate of those 19 drivers was unknown, the official added.

Six killed in in Bayji air strikes

Air strikes Monday in Bayji north of Baghdad killed six members of a single family, Wamir abd el-Wahab, according to a spokesman for the Salah ad-Din provincial governor's office.

El-Wahab said three other family members were seriously wounded in the attack and the father and a daughter survived relatively unharmed.

The house, the spokesman said Tuesday, was flattened. "Why are they hitting civilians?" el-Wahab asked.

A spokesman for the U.S. military said air operations had taken place in the area overnight but had no further details. He said the incident was under investigation.

In a statement, the military said it conducted 58 air missions over Iraq on Monday, including one strike by U.S. Navy F-14s "in the vicinity of Bayji."

"The F-14s strafed the target with 100 cannon rounds and expended one precision-guided munition with successful effects against insurgents placing an improvised explosive device," the statement said, but it wasn't clear whether that was the attack in question.

None of the other missions in the statement were in the Bayji area.

In a separate statement covering only the Bayji incident, the military said an unmanned reconnaissance aircraft spotted three men "suspected of emplacing an improvised explosive device" late Monday, and "close air support" was called in.

"The individuals left the road site and were followed from the air to a nearby building," the second statement said. "Coalition forces employed precision guided munitions on the structure. Local Iraqi police were the first authorities at the scene to conduct post-event response."

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