Two Sunni mosques bombed, one muezzin killed in Iraq

Two Sunni mosques bombed and one muezzin killed overnight in Hilla region, south of Baghdad, police and medics reported

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

Iraqi security forces and firefighters inspect the site of a suicide attack in the city of Hilla on March 9, 2014

Blasts rocked two Sunni mosques in central Iraq Monday, amid fears of renewed sectarian strife following Saudi Arabia's execution of a prominent Shiite cleric, police and medics said.

Groups of men wearing military uniforms bombed two Sunni mosques overnight in the Hilla region, south of Baghdad, killing a policeman who was guarding one of the mosques.  

A muezzin was also shot dead near his home in Iskandariyah, the sources said.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al Abadi has ordered his security forces in Babil Operation Command “to get rid of gangs of DAESH and similar organisations from Babil where they have been attacking mosques in order to take aim at national union and create divisions,” according to prime minister’s office.

Iraqi security officials have determined that cameras at the attacked mosques have been removed before the blasts according to Turkey’s Anadolu Agency.

No organisation has yet taken responsibility of the attacks.