Suicide bomber kills 8 at Iraqi mosque

Suicide bomber kills 8 at Iraqi mosque
# 28 April 2011 20:53 (UTC +04:00)
Baku-APA. Iraqi police and hospital officials say a suicide bomber has attacked a Shiite mosque north of Baghdad, killing eight people, APA reports quoting website.

The officials say 18 people were injured in the Thursday evening attack in the city of Balad Ruz, 45 miles (70 kilometers) north of Baghdad.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Sunni militants have often targeted Shiite mosques as a way to incite sectarian violence.

The officials did not want to be identified because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

BAGHDAD (AP) — A police officer says a car bomb explosion has killed a police officer and three of his guards in northern Iraq.

Brig. Gen. Sarhad Qadir says the parked car bomb targeted Lt. Col. Mohammed Muhsin al-Jibouri as he drove by in the northern town of Hawija.

Qadir says the slain officer was traveling in a civilian car with his three guards when the explosive-laden car detonated around 2:00 p.m. on Thursday. The blast also wounded eight civilian bystanders.

Although violence has ebbed in Iraq since early 2008, insurgents are still capable of launching attacks against Iraqi security forces and government officials.

The Sunni-dominated town of Hawija, once an insurgent stronghold, is located about 150 miles (240 kilometers) north of Baghdad.
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