[QODLink]
Middle East

Iraq Shia worshippers killed in suicide blast

At least 19 killed as bomber blows himself up at mosque entrance in capital Baghdad.

Last updated: 27 May 2014 18:27
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback

A suicide bomber has killed at least 19 people at a Shia mosque in central Baghdad, officials have said, while violence elsewhere in Iraq left four dead, the latest in a protracted surge in bloodshed.

The bomber blew himself up at the entrance to the mosque in Baghdad's Shorja district on Tuesday as worshippers were preparing for midday prayers.

Another 26 people were wounded in the blast, security and medical officials said.

Elsewhere in the capital, roadside bombs in the Sadr City and Dura districts left two people dead.

Bombings in the main northern city of Mosul killed another two people.

The attacks came as Iraq's Shia-led government struggles to contain the worst surge in sectarian violence since the country was pushed to the brink of civil war in 2006 and 2007.

The UN says violence killed 8,868 people last year.

Violence has surged in the past year to its highest level since 2008, while anti-government fighters control the city of Fallujah, a short drive west of Baghdad and parts of another.

172

Source:
Al Jazeera
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
Your chance to be an investigative journalist in Al Jazeera’s new interactive game.
An innovative rehabilitation programme offers Danish fighters in Syria an escape route and help without prosecution.
Street tension between radical Muslims and Holland's hard right rises, as Islamic State anxiety grows.
Take an immersive look at the challenges facing the war-torn country as US troops begin their withdrawal.
Featured
Private citizens take initiative to help 'irregular' migrants, accusing governments of excessive focus on security.
Indonesia's cassava plantations are being killed by mealybugs, and thousands of wasps will be released to stop them.
Violence in Ain al-Arab has prompted many Kurdish Syrians to flee to Turkey, but others are returning to battle ISIL.
Unelected representatives quietly iron out logistics of massive TPP and TTIP deals among US, Europe, and Asia-Pacific.
Led by students concerned for their future with 'nothing to lose', it remains to be seen who will blink first.