Baghdad,IRAQ – At least 130 people were killed and wounded Wednesday in a deadly explosion near a Shiite mosque in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, a topsecurity source was quoted as saying.
“Two bombs went off near an ammunition cache placed in a Shiite mosque in the Shiite bastion of Sadr City in Baghdad, leaving 20 people killed so far,” the source told Alghad Press.
“Up to 110 people were also wounded as a result of the explosion,” the source pointed out, adding that security forces rushed to the blast site and opened a probe into the matter.
No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Islamic State (IS) militant group, in most cases, is responsible for attacks targeting crowded areas, including markets, cafes and mosques across Iraq, Iraqi News reports.
Sadr City is a stronghold of the nationalist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, whose political bloc won a May 12 parliamentary election. Parliament ordered a national recount of votes on Wednesday.
Also, dozens of Islamic State suicide bombers carried out a suicide attack, leaving many people killed and injured in Salahuddin province, Iraqi media channels quoted security sources as saying.
Around thirty militants carried out the attack against headquarters of the pro-government al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces), north of Samarra city in Salahuddin.
The attacks, which occurred on Monday evening, left many personnel killed and injured, the sources said. Around 15 militants blew up themselves during the attacks, while others ran away.
On Tuesday, two PMFs personnel were killed and four others injured in an armed confrontation with Islamic State militants in al-Farhatia district, southwest of Samarra. Scores of Islamic State militants were killed and wounded.
Last week, a family, composed of 12 members, was killed by an Islamic State member in the same village.
When will this all end? My guess? NEVER.