Saturday, June 4, 2011

At least 17 dead and 55 wounded in an attack on a mosque in Iraq

At least 21 people were killed Friday and 74 others were injured by the explosion of a device near a mosque in Tikrit, 190 kilometers north of Baghdad, police sources in that locality. The sources, who earlier had reported five dead and 30 wounded, said a loud explosion occurred when the faithful were leaving the temple, in central Tikrit, after making the Friday Muslim prayer.

Among the wounded were Iraqi soldiers and police officers and two members of Provincial Council. Soon after, the security forces strengthened their presence in the area of the explosion to prevent further attacks. This attack comes a day after ten people were killed and twenty others were injured in an attack Quad Ramadi, 110 kilometers west of the capital.

On 29 March, the Provincial Council headquarters in Tikrit came under an assault by an armed group linked to Al Qaeda terrorist group that broke into the building and killed 75 people and wounding 90.

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