Iraqi officials say a suicide attack in a busy commercial area in Baghdad has killed at least 14 people.

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Iraqi officials say a suicide attack in a busy commercial area in Baghdad has killed at least 14 people.

A police officer says a suicide bomber set off his explosives-laden belt on Tuesday outside a Shiite mosque in downtown Baghdad as worshippers headed inside to attend noon prayers. He says the explosion also wounded 26 people.

A medical official confirmed the casualty figures. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to media.

The attack came as Iraq’s Shiite-led government is struggling to contain the worst surge in sectarian violence since the country was pushed to the brink of civil war in 2006 and 2007.

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The U.N. says violence killed 8,868 people last year.

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