BAGHDAD (AP) — A wave of attacks across Iraq today has left nearly 50 people dead.
The deadliest assault occurred when an attacker blew himself up inside a Shiite mosque during a funeral, killing at least 25 people and wounding 40. The attack in the a former insurgent stronghold south of Baghdad (Musayyib) prompted city administrators to criticize Iraqi security forces for failing to protect the people.
The mayor says the bomber was linked to al-Qaida in Iraq and took advantage of large crowds at a funeral for victims of a roadside bombing.
In northern Iraq, twin suicide car bombs killed at least six Kurdish troops and wounded 30 others in a rare attack in Irbil, the capital of Iraq's largely peaceful self-ruled northern Kurdish region.
More than 4,500 people have been killed in Iraq since April amid a surge in sectarian violence.