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Blast outside hospital kills dozens in Baghdad

Msnbc.com's Dara Brown reports.

Updated 12:20 p.m. ET: At least 32 people -- including at least six policemen -- are dead from a car-bomb attack near a funeral procession, The Associated Press reports. Police said the blast struck in the predominantly Shiite neighborhood of Zafaraniyah, where mourners had gathered for a funeral. They said 65 people were wounded in the attack, including 16 police.

Updated at 4:46 a.m.: The blast outside a hospital struck a funeral procession for Mohammed al-Maliki, a real estate agent who was killed with his wife and son on Thursday, a doctor and interior ministry official tells AFP news agency. Both speak on condition of anonymity.

Published at 4:17 a.m.: BAGHDAD -- Twenty-six people were killed on Friday when a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-packed car in southeastern Baghdad, Iraqi officials said.

The attack occurred at 11:00 a.m. (3:00 a.m. ET) in the Iraqi capital's predominantly Shiite neighborhood of Zafaraniyah, police said. They said 53 people were wounded in the attack.

Hospital officials confirmed the death toll to The Associated Press.

Khalid Mohammed / AP

People gather at the scene of a car bomb attack in Zafaraniyah, Baghdad, on Friday.

All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information.

Insurgents have stepped up violence in Iraq since the U.S. military withdrawal last month. More than 200 people have been killed since the beginning of the year.

Msnbc.com staff and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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