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Iraq: 32 killed in attacks in eastern Iraq

23rd Aug 2014
Iraq: 32 killed in attacks in eastern Iraq



BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least 32 people were killed and 12 others wounded on Friday in bombings and shootings in Iraq’s eastern province of Diyala, police sources said.

Five people were killed and 12 others injured, all of them Shiites, when three roadside bombs exploded in Himreen area, northern Diyala, a police source told Xinhua.

Half an hour later, unidentified gunmen attacked a Sunni mosque during Friday prayers in the area of Bani Weis, about 5 km from Himreen area, killing at least 27 worshipers.

It has been uncertain so far who carried out the attack on the mosque, the source said, adding that local police have arrived at the scene and launched an investigation.

The security situation began to drastically deteriorate in Iraq since June 10 when bloody clashes broke out between Iraqi security forces and hundreds of Sunni militants who took control of the country’s northern city of Mosul and later seized swathes of territories after the Iraqi security forces abandoned their posts in Nineveh and other predominantly Sunni provinces.

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