A suicide bomber blew himself up on Monday amid a group of supporters of Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, killing 25 people and wounding 30 others, security and medical officials said.
The victims had gathered in the mostly-Kurdish town of Khanaqin to celebrate the release of a video purportedly showing the ailing Talabani, a Kurdish leader, casting his vote in Germany, where he is receiving treatment for a stroke, ahead of national parliamentary elections on Wednesday.
The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, were updating an earlier toll.
Khanaqin lies within a swathe of disputed territory that Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region wants to incorporate over the objections of Baghdad.
Militants frequently capitalize on poor communication between Kurdish and Arab security forces in the disputed areas to carry out attacks.
Khanaqin and nearby Saadiyah have previously been targeted by attacks.
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