Iraq bomb blast kills dozens at Sunni mosque

Iraqis gather at the scene of a bomb attack in Baqouba, northeast of Baghdad, Iraq, May 17, 2013. AP

BAGHDAD A bomb killed 28 people at a Sunni mosque in central Iraq, hitting worshippers as they were emerging from Friday prayers, security officials said.

The attack in Baqouba comes after two days of attacks, many in Shiite districts, left over 50 dead. Attacks against Sunni mosques have also been on the rise recently, raising fears that the country is slipping into a new round of sectarian violence.

Later in the day, seven were killed and eleven wounded when after a bomb blast hit a funeral just south of Baghdad, according to the police.

Two medical officials confirmed the casualties. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak to media.

Violence has ebbed in Iraq, but insurgent attacks are still frequent.


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