Bomb kills 18 at Shi'ite funeral in Iraq-police

HILLA, Iraq, Sept 30 Fri Sep 30, 2011 11:09am EDT

HILLA, Iraq, Sept 30 (Reuters) - At least 18 people were killed when a large car bomb exploded among mourners crowding into a Shi'ite funeral in Iraq's Hilla city on Friday, local authorities and witnesses said.

Hilla, 100 km (60 miles) south of Baghdad, is a mainly Shi'ite city on a route used by pilgrims visiting Shi'ite holy sites in the south of the country. (Reporting by Kareem Raheem; writing by Patrick Markey; editing by Philippa Fletcher)