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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

120 Killed in Suicide Attacks Against Shiites

BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A suicide bomber detonated his car in a crowd of Shiite mourners on Saturday north of Baghdad, killing at least 36 people and raising the death toll in two days of attacks against Shiites to more than 120.

The bomb exploded late in the afternoon as mourners offered condolences to Raad Majid, head of the municipal council in the village of Abu Saida, over the death of his uncle. Abu Saida is near Baqouba, a religiously mixed city 35 miles northeast of Baghdad.

Ambulances streamed into the main hospital in Baqouba ferrying the wounded from Saturday's blast; many were rushed directly into operating rooms where doctors worked frantically to save them.

Hospital facilities were so crowded that dazed and bloodied survivors -- many with serious injuries -- lay in agony on gurneys in the hallways because of the surgery backlog. Doctors and nurses in blood-spattered white uniforms rushed from gurney to gurney trying to determine whom to treat first.

Earlier Saturday, a car bomb exploded in a crowd of shoppers at an outdoor market in a mostly Shiite neighborhood on the southeast edge of Baghdad, killing 13 people and wounding about 20 others, police reported.

Witnesses said they saw a man park the car and walk away shortly before the blast.

On Sunday, an ambush on a joint U.S.-Iraqi patrol northwest of Baghdad left 15 civilians, eight insurgents and a U.S. Marine dead from a roadside bomb and the firefight that followed, a U.S. military statement said.

The attack began with an improvised explosive device detonating next to the Marine's vehicle in the town of Haditha, 220 kilometers northwest of Baghdad, on Saturday, the U.S. command said.

Fifteen civilians were also killed by the blast, which was followed by an insurgent attack with small arms fire, the statement said.

"Iraqi army soldiers and Marines returned fire, killing eight insurgents and wounding another," the statement said.

A British soldier was killed and four others were wounded in a roadside bomb attack in southern Iraq on Sunday, the British Defense Ministry in London said.

The attack occurred in the Basra area, a ministry spokesman said. The conditions of the injured soldiers were not immediately available, the spokesman said. Basra is the main base for British forces in southern Iraq.

A U.S. soldier was killed by small arms fire while on patrol north of Baghdad, another U.S. statement said. No other details were provided.

Five American soldiers -- assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 101st Airborne Division -- died in a pair of roadside bombings near Beiji, 250 kilometers miles north of Baghdad, the U.S. command said. Five others from the same unit were wounded.

Another soldier from the 101st died in a U.S. hospital in Germany of injuries suffered two days ago when his vehicle was deliberately rammed by an Iraqi car near Beiji, the U.S. command said Saturday.

At least 2,092 members of the U.S. military have died since the war began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.

Since Friday, at least 125 Iraqi civilians have been killed in bombings and suicide attacks. They include 76 people who died in near-simultaneous suicide bombings at two Shiite mosques in Khanaqin along the Iranian border. Four people have been arrested, including one believed to have been planning another suicide attack, a security officer in Khanaqin said.

Attacks against Shiite civilians by Sunni religious extremists have occurred throughout the Iraq conflict but have spiked since last weekend, when U.S. troops found up to 173 detainees in an Iraqi Interior Ministry building in Baghdad.

Most of the detainees were believed to be Sunni Arabs, who dominate insurgent ranks, and some showed signs of torture. Iraq's Shiite-led government promised an investigation and punishment for anyone guilty of torture.

Hundreds of Iraqis marched in western Baghdad on Sunday demanding an end to the torture of detainees and calling for the international community to put pressure on Iraqi and U.S. authorities to ensure that such abuse does not occur.

Carrying posters of tortured detainees, disfigured dead bodies and U.S. troops detaining locals, the nearly 400 mostly Sunni demonstrators marched a few hundreds meters from the office of the Front for National Dialogue, a Sunni political group, in the western neighborhood of Jamia before dispersing peacefully.

"We condemn torture and we call on the United Nations and the international community to put pressure on the Iraqi government and the Americans," Ali al-Saadoun, of the Sunni Muslim group, told the demonstrators. "We want all the detainees released."