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96 killed in attacks in Iraq

BAGHDAD — Two suicide bombers, one in an explosives-laden car and the other on foot, struck a cluster of funeral tents packed with mourning families in a Shiite neighborhood in Baghdad, the deadliest in a string of attacks around Iraq that killed at least 96 people on Saturday.

The assaults, the latest in a monthslong surge of violence, are a chilling reminder of insurgents' determination to reignite sectarian conflict more than a decade after the U.S.-led invasion.

Thousands of Iraqis have been killed in violent attacks in recent months despite appeals for restraint from Shiite and Sunni political leaders.

The attack on the funeral was one of the largest single terrorist assaults on civilians in Iraq in recent years. It happened shortly before sunset in the densely populated Shiite neighborhood of Sadr City in northeastern Baghdad.

Police said at least 72 people were killed and more than 120 were wounded in that attack. One bomber was able to drive up near the tent before detonating his deadly payload, and another on foot blew himself up nearby, police said.

"I saw several charred bodies on the ground and tents on fire and also burning cars. Wounded people were screaming in pain," said Sheik Sattar al-Fartousi, one of the mourners. "The scene was horrible. The funeral turned into an inferno."

Another car bomb in Baghdad killed nine people, and gunmen killed four people while shooting up a shop that has been discreetly selling liquor, police said.

In the city of Beiji, 115 miles north of Baghdad, insurgents attacked a police commando headquarters, killing seven, according to police.

Gunmen shot and killed two prison guards after storming their houses in a village near Mosul. Two soldiers were killed when a roadside bomb struck their convoy in Mosul, police said.

People inspect the site where two suicide bombers, one in a car and the other on foot, hit a cluster of funeral tents full of mourners in a Shiite neighborhood in Baghdad on Saturday.

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People inspect the site where two suicide bombers, one in a car and the other on foot, hit a cluster of funeral tents full of mourners in a Shiite neighborhood in Baghdad on Saturday.

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