Suicide bomb blasts hit mosque in Baghdad, leave 15 dead

Two suicide bomb blasts hit mosque in Iraqi capital killing at least 15 people, wounding 50 others

Photo by: AP (Archive )
Photo by: AP (Archive )

Civilians inspect the aftermath of a suicide bomb attack on Al Rahman Mosque in Baghdad's al Ubeidi neighbourhood, Iraq, Dec. 9, 2015.

Iraqi police and medical sources said at least 15 people were killed on Thursday in two suicide bomb attacks targeting a mosque in the northwest of the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

"Two suicide bombers wearing explosive belts blew themselves up in front of the Rasul al Azam (mosque) in the Shuala district" of Baghdad, a police official said, adding that more than 50 people were wounded in the blasts.

"The first suicide bomber blew himself up among the worshippers as they left" the mosque, he said.

"The second explosion targeted police forces who had arrived to treat the wounded."

DAESH terror group, which controls large swathes of Iraq's north and west, claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement posted online.

Iraq has been facing a security vacuum since June 2014 after DAESH stormed the northern province of Mosul and extended its territories to the northern and eastern regions of the country.


TRTWorld, Reuters