Suicide attack hits cafe in central Iraq

At least 16 people killed and 34 wounded after explosion in Shia-majority town of Balad.

    Suicide attack hits cafe in central Iraq

    A deadly suicide attack in central Iraq has killed at least 16 people, according to local police and hospital sources.

    Police said the suicide bomber detonated his explosive belt on Monday evening inside a cafe in Balad, a Shia-majority town 80km north of Baghdad.

    At least 34 people were also wounded in the blast, according to medical sources.

    The latest attack came a day after al-Qaeda front group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claimed attacks that killed more than 70 people on Saturday.

    Violence has risen dramatically in Iraq in recent months. Civilian targets such as cafes and markets have been attacked, especially during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, when many Iraqis went to cafes after breaking their daytime fast.

    This Ramadan, which ended last week, was one of the deadliest for Iraq in years, with more than 800 people killed in attacks.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Revival: The Muslim Response to the Crusades

    Revival: The Muslim Response to the Crusades

    This part of 'The Crusades: An Arab Perspective' explores the birth of the Muslim revival in the face of the Crusades.

    Going undercover as a sex worker

    Going undercover as a sex worker

    A photojournalist describes how she posed as a prostitute to follow the trade in human flesh.

    Africa is not poor, we are stealing its wealth

    Africa is not poor, we are stealing its wealth

    It's time to change the way we talk and think about Africa.