Iraq: Suicide bomber kills 13 south of Baghdad

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People watch an address by Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on television at a cafe in Baghdad’s Karrada neighborhood, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. Iraq’s Shiite prime minister on Wednesday called on his nation’s political blocs to close ranks in the face of a growing threat by Sunni militants who have blitzed through the country’s west and north, but he gave no concrete promise of greater political inclusiveness for minority Sunnis. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

People watch an address by Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on television at a cafe in Baghdad’s Karrada neighborhood, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. Iraq’s Shiite prime minister on Wednesday called on his nation’s political blocs to close ranks in the face of a growing threat by Sunni militants who have blitzed through the country’s west and north, but he gave no concrete promise of greater political inclusiveness for minority Sunnis. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

People watch an address by Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on television at a cafe in Baghdad’s Karrada neighborhood, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. Iraq’s Shiite prime minister on Wednesday called on his nation’s political blocs to close ranks in the face of a growing threat by Sunni militants who have blitzed through the country’s west and north, but he gave no concrete promise of greater political inclusiveness for minority Sunnis. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

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BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi police and hospital officials say a suicide bomber has blown himself up at an outdoor market south of Baghdad, killing 13 people and wounding 25.

The officials said the attack took place around sunset on Wednesday in the Mahmoudiya area, 20 miles (30 kilometers) south of Baghdad. The area has a Shiite majority.

No one claimed responsibility for the attack but it bore the hallmarks of Sunni militants who have for years targeted security forces and Shiite civilians.

The attack is certain to further stoke sectarian tensions in Iraq, and particularly in Baghdad, as the Shiite-led government struggles to come up with a military response to this month’s blitz across the north and west of the country by Sunni militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Associated Press

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