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Dozens killed in bombing at Baghdad hospital

A car bomb exploded as a funeral procession passed near the hospital, killing 28 people and injuring at least 60 others.

Iraqi police search a Shiite pilgrim in Basra on 22 January.
Iraqi police search a Shiite pilgrim in Basra on 22 January.
Image: Nabil al-Jurani/AP/Press Association Images

AT LEAST 28 people have been killed and 60 injured after a car bomb exploded outside a hospital in Baghdad this morning.

A funeral procession was passing the area at the time of the explosion in the Shiite-dominated neighbourhood of Zafaraniyah.

At least 200 people have been killed in violence since the US troop withdrawal in December.

Al-Qaeda and other militant groups have pledged to increase their attacks on the country’s Shiite majority to undermine confidence in the Shiite-led government and its efforts to protect Iraqis without US assistance.

No group has claimed responsibility for today’s attack in south-eastern Baghdad.

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