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Car bomb blast outside Shia mosque kills 10 in northern Iraq

Iran Press TV

Fri Jul 12, 2013 1:21PM GMT

At least 10 people have been killed after a car bomb exploded outside a Shia mosque in northern Iraq.

According to Iraqi security officials, the explosion took place on Friday in the town of Dajil, some 170 kilometers north of the capital Baghdad.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the explosion.

According to AFP figures citing security and medical sources, at least 51 people have been killed in Iraq attacks since Thursday.

Iraq has been rocked by terrorist attacks over the past months, which have mostly targeted Shia Muslims.

Authorities see the attacks as part of a plot to foment sectarian strife in the country saying Qatar and Saudi Arabia have had a hand in some of the deadly incidents.

The United Nations says a total of 1,045 people were killed and nearly 2,400 were injured in violent incidents across Iraq in May while a total of 761 Iraqis lost their lives and 1,771 others were wounded in terrorist attacks across the country in June.

In June, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative for Iraq Martin Kobler called on the Iraqi leaders to “sit together” and address the country’s problems, including car bomb attacks throughout Iraq.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has said that militant groups and the remnants of the former Ba’athist regime are responsible for the latest wave of violence in the country.


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