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Suicide bomber kills 24 at Iraq mosque

30 September 2013, 10:40

Hilla - A suicide bomber targeted mourners at a Shi'ite mosque south of Baghdad on Sunday, killing 24 people, police and a doctor said, the latest in a series of attacks on funerals.

The blast, which collapsed the roof of the Al-Hussein Mosque in the Musayyib area, also wounded 27 people.

The bombing is just the latest in a series of sectarian attacks on mosques and funerals in central Iraq that have raised the spectre of a return to the all-out Sunni-Shi'ite violence that peaked in 2006-2007 and killed tens of thousands of people.

On Friday, bombs exploded near two Sunni mosques in Baghdad as worshippers left after prayers, killing six people.

Another bombing targeted Sunni mourners in Baghdad on 23 September, killing 15 people, while an attack on a Sunni funeral killed 12 the day before.

Bombings targeting Shi'ite mourners killed 73 people in Baghdad on 21 September, and two blasts at a Sunni mosque north of the capital killed 18 a day before that.

The latest violence brings the death toll to more than 790 people in September and upwards of 4 600 this year, according to AFP figures based on security and medical sources.



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