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.