Militants carried out simultaneous attacks on worshipers during Friday prayer ceremonies in northern Iraq, killing at least 22 worshipers including a senior security figure.
A car bomb blast in the town of Balad Ruz detonated in the al-Zahraa mosque shortly after worshipers were left Friday prayer ceremonies, after which a second on-foot suicide bomber detonated himself in the crowd of early responders to scene.
The blasts reportedly killed at least 18 members of the crowd, including the leader of the town’s security forces Col. Adnan Mohammed al-Timimi, and wounded a further 41.
In the nearby town of Kanaan, a third attacker drove a car bomb into a crowd leaving the Imam Hussein mosque, killing four and wounding at least 18.
Though no group took immediate responsibility for the attacks, they bore the hallmarks of ISIS.
ISIS militants have conducted suicide bombings on a nearly daily basis in government held areas of Iraq since they crossed over the border with Syria in June last year capturing large swaths of land on the heels of the retreating Iraqi army.