First Published: 2005-03-10

 
At least 17 killed in Mosul funeral bombing
 

Suicide bomber blows himself up at Shiite Muslim funeral in Mosul, killing 17, wounding 25 others.

 

Middle East Online

A tragedy

MOSUL, Iraq - At least 17 people were killed and 25 wounded Thursday when a suicide bomber blew himself at a Shiite Muslim funeral in the restive northern city of Mosul, said medical sources.

"Many people were killed or wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up in the hall where the funeral service was being held," said one witness.

The bomber struck as mourners flocked into a hall adjacent to the Al-Sadreen mosque in the city's Tamim neighbourhood east side.

Iraqi and US soldiers quickly ringed the scene of the attack as ambulances rushed victims to hospitals.

Doctor Ahmed Rajab at the Medical City hospital said his facility has received so far 17 dead and 25 wounded from the attack, but that the toll could be a lot higher.

Mosul, Iraq's third-largest city and of its most diverse, has been gripped by violence since insurgents overran police stations in November forcing the bulk of the local force to quit and putting US and Iraqi soldiers on the offensive.

Sunni Muslims Arabs make up nearly half of the city's estimated 1.5 million and dominate its west side.

Kurds, Shiites, Turkmen and other ethnic and religious groups are concentrated on the east side.

 

Mattis: Turkey gave US advance warning on Syria operation

Saudi calls for cooperation between OPEC, non-OPEC countries

The changing faces of al-Qaeda in Syria

Yemen releases budget for first time in three years

US to overtake Saudi as world’s second crude oil producer

France presses Turkey to end offensive against Kurds

Kurdish militia fire rockets at Turkish town

Moroccans wary depreciation of dirham could raise cost of living, despite benefits

Deserted streets, terrified civilians after Turkey attacks Afrin

Iraqi, Kurdish leaders hold talks on bitter regional dispute

Russia-led Syria peace congress to be held January 30

Turkey launches new strikes on Kurdish targets in Syria

Egypt's Sisi says will stand for re-election

Pence heads to Mideast despite Muslim, Christian anger

Assad regime says Syria a 'tourist' destination

Journalists arrested while reporting Sudan protests

Aid for millions of Palestinians hostage to politics

Lebanon thwarts holiday attacks using IS informant

Mortar fire wounds 14 in Syria mental hospital

Turkish military fires on Kurdish forces in Syria's Afrin

More than 32,000 Yemenis displaced in intensified fighting

UN warns of "lost generation" in South Sudan's grinding conflict

Saudi's refined oil exports offset crude curbs

Turkey's EU minister rejects any option other than full membership

Sudan clamps down on journalists covering bread protests

Tribal feuds spread fear in Iraq's Basra

Turkey says not reassured by US comments on border force

UN chief wants to revive Syria gas attack probe

US has no intention to build border force in Syria

Lebanese intelligence service may be spying using smartphones worldwide

Egypt's Sisi sacks intelligence chief

Trump dashes Netanyahu’s hope to move US embassy to Jerusalem

Cyprus denies bail for Israeli organ trafficker

Rising Yemen currency sparks hopes of relief

Turkish ministries to investigate underage pregnancy cover-up

Iraq PM launches online appeal for election allies

Iran central bank sees claim for billions from German stock market blocked

Iraq signs deal with BP to develop Kirkuk oil fields

Israeli occupation forces raid Jenin, kill Palestinian

HRW chief says 'Nobody should be forcibly returned to Libya'

IS poses threat to Iraq one month after 'liberation'

Seven years since ousting dictator, Tunisians still protest

Iran says Trump jeopardising Airbus deals

China says Iranian oil tanker wreck located

Sudan arrests communist leader after protests