Jan. 27 - A suicide bomber hits a Shi'ite neighbourhood in Baghdad, in the latest brutal attack since a political crisis developed last year. Sunita Rappai reports.
Dazed and wounded in a Baghdad hospital - but this man is lucky to be alive after a suicide bomber leaves 31 dead. The bomber exploded his vehicle near a group of mourners in a Shi'ite neighbourhood of the Iraqi capital. At least 60 people were also wounded in the attack, which happened close to shops and the local market. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) UNIDENTIFIED RESIDENT FROM AREA WHERE BLAST TOOK PLACE, SAYING: "They want to dismiss us from the country, let them dismiss us, let them do what they want. God can't accept this and the neighbouring countries silently keep watching us. The government can't do anything for the people. No electricity, no water and beside all these thing are bombings that take place everyday." Authorities blame Sunni Islamist insurgents for the recent spike in attacks targeting Shi'ites, triggered by a political crisis between Sunni and Shi'ite leaders in December. More than 320 people have been killed in attacks since the start of the year alone and nearly 800 more wounded - more than double the figures for the same time last year. Sunita Rappai, Reuters