Nearly a dozen people have been killed in a bomb attack targeting a group of worshipers in northern Iraq.
The bombing was carried out on Tuesday, when the worshipers left a mosque in the city of Kirkuk after prayers marking Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice).
Iraqi officials said nearly 20 people were also wounded in the bomb attack.
Eid al-Adha is celebrated by Muslims across the world, commemorating the willingness of Prophet Abraham to sacrifice his son at God’s command. It marks the peak of the Hajj pilgrimage, during which pilgrims sacrifice sheep and cattle.
Iraq has been the scene of numerous bombings and shooting attacks over the past few months. Most of the attacks have targeted crowded places, such as mosques, markets, and cafes.
According to Iraqi medical sources, carnage has taken its toll on the lives of more than 300 people since the beginning of the month of October.
On October 12, over a dozen people were killed and 32 others injured after a car bomb exploded in a crowded street in the northern city of Samarra.
On October 11, three people were killed and more than ten others wounded in a bomb blast carried out in the town of Tuz Khormato, south of Kirkuk.
According to the United Nations, a total of 1,057 Iraqis, including 928 civilians, were killed and another 2,326 were wounded in terrorist attacks throughout the country in July, which was the deadliest month since 2008.
UN figures also showed that almost 1,000 people were killed and more than 2,000 wounded in violence in Iraq in September.
Iraq’s Interior Ministry has said that militants have launched an open war in Iraq and they want to push the country into chaos.