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Islamic State group claims suicide attack north of Baghdad that killed 16 people

  • Mourners carry the coffin of Gen. Abbas Hussein, a senior member of the Badr Brigades, a Shiite militia, who was killed during a battle against the Islamic State extremist group, during his funeral in Baghdad Iraq, Thursday, Dec. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

    Mourners carry the coffin of Gen. Abbas Hussein, a senior member of the Badr Brigades, a Shiite militia, who was killed during a battle against the Islamic State extremist group, during his funeral in Baghdad Iraq, Thursday, Dec. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)  (The Associated Press)

  • Mourners carry the coffin of Gen. Abbas Hussein, a senior member of the Badr Brigades, a Shiite militia, who was killed during a battle against the Islamic State extremist group in Iraq, during his funeral in Baghdad Iraq, Thursday, Dec. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

    Mourners carry the coffin of Gen. Abbas Hussein, a senior member of the Badr Brigades, a Shiite militia, who was killed during a battle against the Islamic State extremist group in Iraq, during his funeral in Baghdad Iraq, Thursday, Dec. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)  (The Associated Press)

  • Interior Minister Mohammed al-Gaban, right, embraces a son of Gen. Abbas Hussein, a senior member of the Badr Brigades, a Shiite militia, who was killed during a battle against the Islamic State extremist group in Iraq, during his funeral in Baghdad Iraq, Thursday, Dec. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

    Interior Minister Mohammed al-Gaban, right, embraces a son of Gen. Abbas Hussein, a senior member of the Badr Brigades, a Shiite militia, who was killed during a battle against the Islamic State extremist group in Iraq, during his funeral in Baghdad Iraq, Thursday, Dec. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)  (The Associated Press)

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on a funeral tent north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad that killed 16 people and wounded 34 others.

The claim was made in a statement posted Tuesday on a Twitter account frequently used by the extremist group. It did not mention the nationality of the attacker.

The attack on Monday targeted the funeral of the father of two members of pro-government Sunni militias. The Islamic State group frequently targets Iraq's Shiite majority as well as Sunnis allied with the Shiite-led government.

The Sunni extremist group controls around a third of both Iraq and neighboring Syria, where it has declared an Islamic caliphate and imposed a violent form of Shariah law.