Iraq: Suicide attack kills at least 14 in Baghdad

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BAGHDAD (AP) -- 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.

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