Six people dead after bombs target Sunni mosques in Baghdad
AFP has reported that two bombs exploded near Sunni mosques in Baghdad after Friday prayers, killing at least six people. In addition, four people were killed in other attacks in the city. The bombs that went off in mosques in the Dura and Jihad areas also injured 22 people.
The blasts come at a time when Iraq is experiencing its heaviest levels of violence since 2008. 720 people have been killed in September alone, while 4,550 people have died this year as a result of sectarian people.
Only yesterday, bombs went off in Baghdad markets killing 23 people. Exactly one week ago, two blasts targeting Sunni mosques killed 18 people. An attack on a Sunni funeral one day later killed twelve people.
Shiites have also been targeted in the deadly cadence of attacks that have escalated in recent times. Last Saturday, a bomb targeting Shiite mourners killed 73 people in Baghdad.
Sunni-Shia violence in Iraq peaked during the US occupation in 2006 - 2007. In that time frame, more than ten thousand people were killed in sectarian violence.