35 killed, 45 injured in blasts in Iraq mosque blasts

Baghdad, May 17 (IANS) At least 35 people were killed and 45 others injured in two blasts, which hit almost simultaneously on Friday in Baquba, capital of eastern Iraq’s Diyala province, after the Friday prayer, an official said.

The two roadside bombs exploded near the Saroya mosque in Baquba, 65 km northeast of Iraq’s capital of Baghdad, and hit the Sunni worshipers as they were leaving the mosque after prayer, the city’s mayor Abdullah Hayali told Xinhua.

A day ago, at least 12 people were killed and 25 others injured as a suicide bomber blew himself up at a Shiite mosque in northern Iraq’s Kirkuk.

Violence is still common in Iraq despite the dramatic decrease since its peak in 2006 and 2007 when the country was engulfed in sectarian killings.

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