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Iraq: Kirkuk mosque bombing kills Sunni worshippers on Eid al-Adha


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Iraq: Kirkuk mosque bombing kills Sunni worshippers on Eid al-Adha

A bomb has exploded outside a Sunni mosque in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk. At least eight people have been killed and more than a dozen wounded, according to medics.

The blast, on the first day of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, struck worshippers at the Qodus mosque as they were leaving after morning prayers.

Oil-rich Kirkuk is one of Iraq’s most bitterly contested areas. It lies on the frontline of a dispute between the Shi’ite-led central government in Baghdad and ethnic Kurds who want the city incorporated into their autonomous state in the north of the country.

A spike in insurgent attacks is common during religious festivals. Security officials have warned of more violence over the coming days.

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