Tuesday 12 December 2017

Deadly blast at Baghdad mosque

The scene of a suicide bomb attack at a coffee shop in Kirkuk on Saturday (AP)
The scene of a suicide bomb attack at a coffee shop in Kirkuk on Saturday (AP)

A bomb exploded outside a Sunni mosque in Baghdad, killing at least 13 people leaving prayers and extending a wave of violence rippling across Iraq since the holy month of Ramadan began.

A separate attack at a funeral north-east of Baghdad killed another three people.

Police said the Baghdad blast went off around 10pm local time on Saturday near the gate of the Khalid bin al-Walid mosque in the capital's southern Dora neighbourhood, a largely Sunni Muslim area.

It happened just after special late-evening prayers held during Ramadan ended.

At least 35 people were wounded in addition to those killed, police said. A hospital official confirmed the casualty toll.

Iraq is weathering its worst eruption of violence in half a decade, raising fears the country is heading back toward widespread sectarian fighting that peaked in 2006 and 2007.

More than 2,600 people have been killed since the start of April.

The pace of the bloodshed has picked up since Ramadan began on Wednesday, including a suicide bombing at a coffee shop in the northern city of Kirkuk late on Friday that killed dozens.

In another attack on Saturday, a suicide bomber blew himself up at a funeral in the town of al-Abbara, near the city of Baqouba, which is about 35 miles north-east of Baghdad. Police and hospital officials said that attack killed three and wounded 10.

There has been no claim of responsibility for the recent wave of attacks.

Press Association

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