Five killed in Iraq mosque bombing

At least five people have been killed and dozens of others injured in a bomb blast at a Shia mosque in the central Iraqi town of Baquba, local police and witnesses have said.

    This is the third bombing at a mosque since June last year

    The blast occurred on Friday after the end of the main weekly prayers.  

    Local police and witnessess said the bomb exploded outside a small mosque in a residential area. Officials at a nearby hospital said they knew of 39 people injured.

    It was not clear whether it was a car bomb.

    Baquba, 65 km north of Baghdad, is a hotbed of resistance to the US-led occupation of Iraq. 

    The attack comes a day after nine US  personnel were killed when their military helicopter crashed in the hotbed city of Falluja. Witnesses said it had been brought down by a missile.

    Mosques have been the target of violent attacks in the past.

    A car bomb outside the main mosque in the Shia holy city of Najaf killed more than 80 people after Friday prayers last August. An explosion near a mosque in the mainly Sunni town of Falluja in June killed nine people. 

    SOURCE: Agencies


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