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Suicide bomber kills at least 32 in Baghdad

January 27, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
At least 32 people were killed and dozens more were wounded Friday during a bombing attack in a Shiite neighborhood of Baghdad.

The suicide bomber detonated a car bomb near a funeral procession. Half of those killed were policemen guarding the march.

Minutes later, gunmen opened fire at a nearby checkpoint killing two more policemen.

Since the beginning of the year, at least 200 people have been killed across Iraq in a wave of attacks by suspected insurgents.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Friday's attack.

Since the United States completed its pullout last month, militant groups - mainly al Qaeda in Iraq - have stepped up attacks targeting the country's majority Shiites to undermine confidence in the Shiite-led government and its efforts to protect people without American backup.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.