Ten worshippers were killed and at least 31 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack at a Shia mosque in Iraq’s capital Baghdad on Monday, an interior ministry source said.
The attack occurred during the noon prayers when a suicide bomber detonated an explosive vest inside al-Khairat Shia mosque at a commercial district in downtown Baghdad, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
“The latest reports said that 10 people were killed and 31 wounded in the suicide bombing in the Shia mosque,” the source said.
Earlier, the source put the toll at four killed and 12 wounded in the blast.
According to reports, the attack apparently was part of a series of deadly attacks during the past few days that targeted the predominantly Shia districts in Baghdad, killing and wounding dozens of Iraqis. The attacker blew himself up in a crowd gathered for a funeral in western Baghdad’s affluent Harthiyah area.
Dozens have been killed in similar attacks in recent weeks that have been widely blamed on Islamic State (IS).
IS militants, who control territory straddling Syria and Iraq, were engaged in battles with Kurdish fighters around the Syrian town of Kobane all weekend.
However, earlier this week, the Kurds in Kobane said they had beaten back the Islamists.
But IS apparently launched a renewed effort to retake the town over the weekend.
Kurdish commanders said they had again repulsed the Islamists, thanks to help from US air strikes.
Iraq has been witnessing some of the worst violence in years. Terrorism and violence have killed 5,576 civilians in Iraq in the first half of this year, with 11,666 more wounded, according to a recent UN report.
As per reports, IS has caused chaos across the region, forcing many thousands to flee from their homes and cracking down on anyone who disagrees with their interpretation of Islam. The US is reportedly leading a coalition of countries providing air power and technical support to Iraq’s forces.
(With inputs from IANS)