Iraq: Many Killed in Bombings near Baghdad Mosque


A roadside bomb followed by a suicide bombing near a mosque south of Baghdad killed at least six people and wounded 19 on Friday, security and medical officials said.

The first blast struck as worshippers were leaving Friday prayers, while the suicide bomber detonated explosives after security forces arrived.

Security forces members were among the dead and wounded, but the exact number was not immediately clear.aIraq explosion (archive)

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but Takfiri militants, including ISIL (so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Levant), often carry out bombings targeting all who disagree with their beliefs or opinions.

The bombings came a week after a series of attacks claimed by ISIL targeted Shiites in Baghdad, killing at least 19 people.

IS overran large areas north and west of Baghdad in June 2014, sweeping security forces aside, and though Iraqi forces have since pushed the Takfiris back, the group still holds much of western Iraq.

Bombings in Baghdad have become less frequent since the ISIL offensive last year, apparently because the insurgenst have been occupied with fighting elsewhere.

Source: AFP

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