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Eastern Iraq suicide bomb toll rises to 20 dead: officials

Iraqi security forces inspect the site of a suicide bombing outside a polling station in Kirkuk April 28, 2014. (REUTERS/Ako Rasheed)

BAQUBA, Iraq: A suicide bomber blew himself up on Monday amid a group of supporters of Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, killing 20 people and wounding 30 others, security and medical officials said.

The victims had gathered in the mostly-Kurdish town of Khanaqin to celebrate the release of a video purportedly showing the ailing Talabani, a Kurdish leader, casting his vote in Germany, where he is receiving treatment for a stroke, ahead of national parliamentary elections on Wednesday.

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, were updating an earlier toll.

 

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