Iraq officials say blasts at Shiite mosque kill 39

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The site of an explosion in Baghdad. Photo: AFP /file
A suicide bombing against a Shiite mosque as worshippers streamed out was the bloodiest of attacks across Iraq that left at least 39 people dead on Wednesday, officials said.
Wednesday\’s apparent sectarian attack took place in Baghdad\’s northwestern Kasra district.
Worshippers were leaving the mosque after evening prayers when the car bomb exploded, and as onlookers rushed to help the wounded, a suicide bomber blew himself up in their midst, Reuters news agency said.
Policemen reportedly saw a second man fumbling to detonate an explosive belt and managed to stop him, but an angry mob overcame them and stabbed him to death.
It was not immediately clear who carried out the attack, but al-Qaeda-linked Sunni Muslim groups have been regaining momentum and striking on a near daily basis this year.
Sectarian violence has surged in Iraq in recent months, reaching its highest level since 2008.
More than 5,000 people have been killed and 12,000 injured since January, according to the United Nations.
Source: Agencies

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