Suicide attack at Shia shrine kills at least 20 north of Baghdad

Published July 8th, 2016 - 12:46 GMT
Iraqi women mourn the Karada suicide attack, days before another attack killed almost two dozen north of Baghdad. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
Iraqi women mourn the Karada suicide attack, days before another attack killed almost two dozen north of Baghdad. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)

At least 20 people were killed and 70 wounded in a suicide attack late Thursday inside a Shia shrine in the northern Iraqi province of Saladin, according to police sources.

There were no immediate details about the attack or the perpetrators.

The Saladin attack follows a car bombing that killed at least 281 and wounded more than 300 early Sunday in the central Baghdad district of Karada - believed to be the deadliest attack in the country since 2003.

Daesh claimed responsibility for the Karada suicide bombing. Daesh stated that the organization was targeting Shias ahead of the Eid festival at the end of Ramadan.

Daesh considers Shia Muslims to be heretics.

Iraq cancelled most major Eid celebrations in the wake of the Karada bombing. The country is officially in mourning.

Editor's note: This article has been edited from the original. 

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