Iraqi minority targeted in car bomb attack, seven killed

Published April 24th, 2014 - 04:00 GMT
Sectarian violence has been on the rise over the past 18 months, with more than 2,750 being killed in 2014 alone. Here,  a boy walks in the wreckage of a car bomb in Baghdad. (AFP/File)
Sectarian violence has been on the rise over the past 18 months, with more than 2,750 being killed in 2014 alone. Here, a boy walks in the wreckage of a car bomb in Baghdad. (AFP/File)

A car bomb targeting an Iraqi minority group killed seven people on Wednesday, police and morgue officials reported.

The attack took place in Baybukh, a small village north of Mosul, and targeted members of the Shabak minority, Agence France Presse (AFP) reported. 

The 30,000-strong Shabak community largely resides in northern Iraq, near the country's border with Turkey, according to AFP. The group speaks a distinctive language and follow a faith that has roots in Shiite Islam. 

Currently, Iraq is witnessing levels of violence not seen since the country almost fell into civil war in 2006, and more than 2,750 people have been killed this year alone according to an AFP tally.

Militant groups, such as those linked to Al Qaeda that are battling Iraqi security forces in the restive Anbar province, have also been bolstered by the sectarian-fuelled civil war in neighboring war-torn Syria.


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