Kirkuk mosque blast kills nine
Iraqis carry a wounded man at the scene of a car bomb attack after it exploded as worshippers left a Sunni mosque following prayers marking the start of the Eid Al Adha Muslim holiday in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on October 15, 2013. (AFP)
The explosion went off as Muslims were leaving the mosque after prayers marking the start of Islamic holiday Eid Al Adha, the BBC reported.
Nine were killd and at least 19 people were injured in the blast, according to the BBC but Al Jazeera put the death toll at 12.
Sunni and Shiite worshippers are often the targets of militant violence, highlighting the extreme wave of sectarian violence that has surged across Iraq in 2013.
According to a BBC poll, almost 6,000 people have been killed so far this year.
Oil-rich Kirkuk, which lies in the north of the country, is home to a diverse mixture of Arabs, Kurds and Turkmen and is one of Iraq's most bitterly contested provinces.
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