A suicide bomber made his way into a Shiite mosque north of Baghdad and blew himself up in the middle of a funeral on Wednesday, killing 42 people and leaving corpses scattered across the floor.
People gather around the entrance of a hospital in Kirkuk, north of Baghdad, on January 23, 2013, after a suicide bomber made his way into a Shiite mosque north of Baghdad and blew himself up in the middle of a funeral. He killed 42 people and left corpses scattered across the floor.
The attack, the deadliest in six months, is likely to heighten tensions as Iraq grapples with a political crisis and more than a month of protests in Sunni-majority areas that have hardened opposition to Shiite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.
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