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Nearly dozen killed, 30 injured in bomb blast targeting Baghdad mosque

Nearly a dozen people have lost their lives and several others sustained injuries when a bomb explosion ripped through a mosque in the eastern flank of the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

A security source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Arabic-language Baghdad Today news agency that a bomber detonated his explosive belt among a group of worshippers attending the weekly Friday prayers at al-Muntadar Mosque in al-Baladiyat neighborhood.

 The source added that the blast left ten people dead and 30 others injured.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet, but it bears the hallmark of such attacks carried out by the Daesh Takfiri terror group.

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Former Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi declared the end of military operations against Daesh in the country on December 9, 2017.

On July 10 that year, he had formally declared victory over Daesh in Mosul, which served as the terrorists’ main urban stronghold in Iraq.

In the run-up to Mosul’s liberation, Iraqi army soldiers and volunteer Hashd al-Sha’abi fighters had made sweeping gains against Daesh.

Iraqi forces took control of eastern Mosul in January 2017 after 100 days of fighting, and launched the battle in the west on February 19 last year.

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