Deadly car bombs target mosques in Baghdad and Kirkuk

  • Five Shia mosques in the Iraqi capital Baghdad and the northern city of Kirkuk were targeted in a series of car bomb attacks as worshippers left Friday prayers.

    At least 23 people were killed and more than 100 wounded.

    The blasts hit mosques in the Baghdad areas of Zafaraniyah, Binook, Qahira, and Jihad. The attack in Kirkuk was reported at the same time.

    Although violence has decreased in Iraq since the peak of the insurgency in 2006 and 2007, such attacks are still common.

    No group has yet claimed responsibility. However, the bombings bear the hallmarks of Sunni Islamist militants linked to al-Qaeda.

    In recent months, the group known as the Islamic State of Iraq has ramped up attacks on Shia and official targets in a bid to destabilize the Shia-led government.

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