Monday 26 September 2016

Suicide bomb kills at least 13 near Baghdad

Published 10/05/2016 | 10:16

An evening suicide bombing in a city north east of Baghdad has killed at least 13 people
An evening suicide bombing in a city north east of Baghdad has killed at least 13 people

An evening suicide bombing in a city north east of Baghdad has killed at least 13 people, Iraqi officials said.

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The bomber blew up his explosives-laden minibus shortly before sunset on Monday near a bakery and a falafel restaurant in a Shiite neighbourhood of the city of Baqouba, a police officer said.

The explosion in the neighbourhood of Shifta also wounded at least 60 others, he added.

Baqouba, the provincial capital of Iraq's Diyala province, is 35 miles north east of Baghdad.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but it bore the hallmarks of the Islamic State group - which controls large stretches of territory in the country's west and north, as well as Iraq's second-largest city, Mosul.

Commercial and public places in Shiite-dominated areas are among the most frequent targets for the Sunni militants seeking to undermine the Iraqi government efforts to maintain security inside the capital.

IS has claimed responsibility for deadly attacks in Shiite sections of Diyala in the past months.

In February, the province was the scene of one of the area's deadliest attacks, when an IS-affiliated suicide bomber struck mourners in a crowded funeral reception hall, killing up to 40 people and wounding dozens.

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