Wave of Suicide Bombings in Iraq Kill at Least 46

Security forces and citizens inspect the site of a car bomb attack in front of the main security forces headquarters in Irbil, Iraq, 350 kilometres north of Baghdad. Source: AP Photo

AP reports that more than 4,500 people have been killed since April

BAGHDAD (AP) – Suicide bombings tore through a Shiite mosque south of Baghdad and the relatively safe Kurdish area in the north Sunday as a wave of attacks killed at least 46 people across Iraq, officials said.

A surge in sectarian violence in recent months has heightened fears that Iraq is becoming a new battlefield, nearly two years after U.S. forces withdrew from the country. A period of calm after the pullout had raised hopes for a measure of normalcy in Iraq, but tensions have spiked amid Sunni anger over perceived mistreatment from the Shiite-led government.

The deadliest assault occurred when an attacker blew himself up inside a Shiite mosque during a funeral in a former insurgent stronghold south of Baghdad, prompting city administrators to criticize Iraqi security forces for failing to protect the people. At least 25 people were killed and 40 wounded in Musayyib, about 40 miles south of Baghdad, according to Mohammed al-Khafaji, who heads the town's security committee. He announced a three-day mourning period in the town.

Musayyib Mayor Qassim Raheem said the bomber was linked to Al Qaeda in Iraq and took advantage of large crowds at a funeral for victims of a roadside bombing

Reuters has video and reports that there were 14 car bomb attacks