(AFP) – Mar 24, 2009
JALAWLA (AFP) — At least 27 people were killed in a suicide attack against Kurdish mourners in central Iraq, according to a new official toll issued on Tuesday.
Ibrahim Hassan, governor of the restive province of Diyala where Monday's attack took place, told AFP that "27 people were killed and 50 wounded," adding that most of the victims were Iraqi Kurds.
The new toll was announced as funerals for the victims were held amid tight security, with leaders of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and the Kurdistan Democratic Party among the mourners.
The attack was the worst since March 10 when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a town hall in Abu Ghraib, on Baghdad's western edge, killing at least 33 tribal leaders and army officers.
Monday's bombing took place in Jalawla, northeast of Baghdad, as a Kurdish family was receiving condolences for the death of the father of Kurdish communist chief Hamid Khudadat.
Khudadat, a communist member of the PUK, was among those killed in the attack along with two of his brothers.
"Most of the victims were Kurds from Jalawla and Kalar," Hassan said in reference to ethnically-mixed towns.
Khudadat was receiving condolences for his father when the bomber blew up his explosives belt inside a large tent where relatives, friends and neighbours of the deceased man had gathered.
"I heard a loud explosion which pushed me to the ground. I crawled and tried to stand up but I couldn't because I had lost both my legs," injured survivor Sardar al-Jaf told AFP from his hospital bed.
Jalawla, in the dangerous province of Diyala, is home to a mixed population of Shiite Kurds and Sunni Arabs, many of them close to Al-Qaeda.
Local officials had said on Monday that 25 people were killed.
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