Muslims kill 11 at wedding, children badly burned
BAGHDAD, Iraq - A suicide car bomber struck a wedding party in Baghdad on Tuesday, killing 11 people and wounding 21 outside the bride’s home, police said.
The bomber drove an explosives-rigged sedan into a crowd of Shiite celebrants in the northeastern Shaab neighborhood, police Lt. Ahmed Mohamed said.
Weddings and funerals are in Iraq are relatively easy targets for suicide bombers hoping to spark sectarian reprisals and push Iraq into a full-blown civil war.
Five children were among those hospitalized, said Dr. Qasim al-Suweadi of the nearby al-Sadr hospital.
Many of the wounded children were burned over much of their bodies. AP Television News video from the hospital showed victims in obvious pain.
One girl, who appeared to be no older than 4, had most of the hair burned from her head, tiny pierced earrings still in place in her badly burned ear. Most of her body was burned as well.