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Thursday 21 August 2014

Deadly blast hits Iraq Sunni mosque

Published 20/09/2013 | 12:41

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A deadly blast has rocked a Sunni mosque north of Baghdad

An explosion inside a Sunni mosque north of Baghdad has killed at least 11 people in the latest outburst of violence to hit Iraq.

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Officials in Samarra say the blast went off around midday, during Friday prayers. At least eight people were wounded in the attack.

Samarra is a largely Sunni Muslim city that is home to a revered Shiite shrine. It is 95 kilometres (60 miles) north of the Iraqi capital.

Iraq is weathering its worst bout of violence in half a decade. The killing has risen significantly since April, with more than 4,000 killed since the start of that month.

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