Mosque bombed in western Baghdad, 12 killed

Published June 28th, 2016 - 04:30 GMT
A man surveys the debris of the al-Fateh mosque, bombed by militants in Iraq earlier this year. (AFP/File)
A man surveys the debris of the al-Fateh mosque, bombed by militants in Iraq earlier this year. (AFP/File)

At least 12 people have been killed and 32 more injured in a bombing attack at a mosque in western Baghdad.  

According to police and medical sources, an attacker detonated his explosive vest at the mosque in the capital’s western suburb of Abu Ghraib early on Tuesday.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. Daesh militants have conducted similar bombings in Baghdad in recent months. Iraqi forces are continuing to investigate the incident.

The incident was the first of such since the Iraqi government declared victory over Daesh in Fallujah, located further to the west of the country.

Violence has plagued the northern and western parts of Iraq ever since Daesh launched an offensive in June 2014, and took control of portions of Iraq.

The Iraqi army, backed by volunteer forces, has been engaged in extensive battles against Daesh and made gains recently in pushing the militants out of the country’s cities and villages.

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


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