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Children among dead in Iraq blasts

At least 15 killed as suicide bombers target police station and primary school west of Mosul.

Last Modified: 06 Oct 2013 13:23
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There are growing fears that Iraq may relapse into sectarian bloodshed that peaked in 2006-2007 [Reuters]

Suicide bombers in Iraq have detonated explosives-rigged vehicles at a police station and a nearby primary school west of the city of Mosul, killing at least 15 people, many of them children.

The blasts on Sunday in the Shia village of Qabak, near the Syrian border, also wounded dozens of people, according to AFP news agency.

Abdel-Aal al-Obeidi, mayor of the nearby town of Tal Afar, said that at least eight of the dead were children when the school building partially collapsed in the blast. Other children, he added, may be trapped inside.

The attacks come a day after at least 66 were killed in blasts and shootings across Baghdad and the city of Tikrit.

Journalists, pilgrims and cafe patrons were among the victims of the attacks on Saturday.

The pilgrims were walking to a shrine to commemorate the death of Imam Mohammed al-Jawad, the ninth Shia imam.

A reporter and a cameraman working for Al-Sharqiya television channel were shot while working in Mosul, according to police.

There are fears Iraq may relapse into the kind of intense Sunni-Shia bloodshed that peaked in 2006-2007 and killed tens of thousands of people.

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