[QODLink]
Middle East

Deadly explosions rock Sunni mosques in Iraq

Two attacks on Sunni mosques in Baghdad shortly after evening prayers leave scores dead and wounded.

Last Modified: 13 Jul 2013 21:59
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback

Two bombs have exploded outside Sunni mosques in the Iraqi capital, killing at least 24 people and wounding 50 others, police and medics have said.

The first attack late on Saturday, near the gate of the Khalid bin al-Walid mosque in the capital's southern Dora neighbourhood, occurred as people had gathered to pray after breaking their daily fast for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Soon after, a car bomb exploded at another Sunni worship centre, the Mullah Huwaish mosque, in the Hay al-Jamia area in western Baghdad. That blast killed five and wounded 19, according to police and health officials.

It was not clear who was behind Saturday's explosions.

Elsewhere on Saturday, four policemen were killed when a car packed with explosives driven by an apparent suicide bomber was fired on by police in the town of Abbara near Baquba, about 50 km northeast of Baghdad, and blew up, police and medics said.

The bomber's apparent target was a funeral tent nearby.

A fifth policeman was killed when a bomb exploded near his patrol in Madaen, a town 30 km southeast of Baghdad.

The violence is part of a sustained campaign of armed attacks that left some 334 people killed this month, according to the violence monitoring group Iraq Body Count.

208

Source:
Al Jazeera and agencies
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
Country
City
Featured on Al Jazeera
'Justice for All' demonstrations swell across the US over the deaths of African Americans in police encounters.
Six former Guantanamo detainees are now free in Uruguay with some hailing the decision to grant them asylum.
Disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people in prison highlights inequality and marginalisation, critics say.
Nearly half of Canadians have suffered inappropriate advances on the job - and the political arena is no exception.
Featured
Women's rights activists are demanding change after Hanna Lalango, 16, was gang-raped on a bus and left for dead.
Buried in Sweden's northern forest, Sorsele has welcomed many unaccompanied kids who help stabilise a town exodus.
A look at the changing face of North Korea, three years after the death of 'Dear Leader'.
While some fear a Muslim backlash after café killings, solidarity instead appears to be the order of the day.
Victims spared by the deadly disease are reporting blindness and other unexpected post-Ebola health issues.