Car bomb kills eight in Kerbala

At least 12 members of a Shia family have been killed in Diyala province, and at least eight people were killed and 31 wounded in a car bomb blast in Karbala amid heightened tensions in Iraq.

Car bomb kills eight in Kerbala

The attack on the Shia family happened in Buhriz, about 60km north of Baghdad, provincial police said. Buhriz, near Baquba town, has seen repeated sectarian strife. Saturday's attack came despite an extraordinary daytime curfew in Diyala province and three other flashpoint areas. The curfew was intended to curb a wave of sectarian violence that has killed more than 140 people since the bombing of a revered Shia shrine in Samarra on Wednesday. The car bomb in Karbala also wounded 25 people. It exploded on a busy shopping street in the west of the city, 110km south of Baghdad.

Funeral attacked

Earlier on Saturday, the funeral procession of Atwar Bahjat, a well known Al-Arabiya newswoman killed while covering the bombing of the Samarra shrine, was disturbed when gunmen opened fire. There was no immediate word on casualties. An Al-Arabiya television correspondent, who sought sanctuary in a farmer's house, reported that about 150 mourners, including many journalists, were walking through Baghdad's western Abu Ghraib area when the attack happened. Iraqi army captain, Jasim al-Wahish, said security forces returned fire and rushed 60 more soldiers to the scene, where sporadic clashes continued.

Iraqi police said armed men - some firing rockets - attacked Sunni mosques overnight in two Baghdad districts, including the Sunnis' revered Abu Hanifa shrine. The Iraqi government has extended the daylight security clampdown with a ban on cars to 4pm (1300 GMT) on Saturday. The overnight curfew is still in effect.

Aljazeera

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