05/16/2013 17:48 GMT
by Marwan Ibrahim
KIRKUK, Iraq, May 16, 2013 (AFP) - A suicide bomber attacked Shiite mourners in north Iraq Thursday, killing 12 people, and 13 died in other violence, officials said, as Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki blamed sectarianism for unrest plaguing the country.
The suicide bomber tried to enter Al-Zahraa husseiniyah, a Shiite place of worship in the city of Kirkuk, where relatives of victims from violence the day before were receiving condolences.
But the attacker was stopped by police, a high-ranking police officer said.