1 person killed, 22 wounded after car explosion in Baghdad

Al Jazeera English – Middle East – Baghdad bombed ahead of funeral

At least one person has been killed and 22 others wounded after a string of car bombs exploded in Baghdad as Iraqi forces tightened security ahead of the funeral of a top Shia leader.

The bombs mainly targeted Iraqi troops in the city and a northern suburb, officials said, raising concerns about whether Iraqi forces can provide adequate security when thousands of people converge to mourn the death of Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim.

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