10 killed as twin blasts hit near Shia mosque in Iraq capital

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Iraq
Friday, 20 November 2015

At least 10 people have reportedly been killed and dozens of others wounded after twin bomb blasts struck near a Shia mosque in the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

Iraqi security officials said on Friday that a roadside bomb went off as worshipers were leaving Imam Reza Mosque in the Shia neighborhood of Youssefieh after Friday prayers.

Shortly after the first explosion, a bomber detonated his explosives inside the mosque.

According to official sources, two police officers were among the dead, while some 28 people were also injured in the terror assault.
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attacks in Baghdad. However, the Daesh Takfiri terror group, which controls swaths of territory in the western and northern parts of Iraq, usually claims such attacks, which mainly target Shia Muslims in the Iraqi capital.

The twin explosions came a week after a series of attacks claimed by Daesh targeted Shias in Baghdad and left 19 people dead.

Daesh began its offensive in Iraq in June 2014. Pro-government forces have managed to push back the militants from some of their major bastions, including the cities of Tikrit and Baiji in Salahuddin province, while the operation continues to retake positions in two provinces of Nineveh and Anbar.

The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq says a total of 714 Iraqis were killed and 1,269 wounded in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in October alone. A great portion of the fatalities was recorded in Baghdad, where 298 civilians were killed.

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