Deadly explosions rock Sunni mosques in Iraq

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

    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.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


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