Sunni mosques firebombed in east Iraq

Published January 13th, 2016 - 07:46 GMT
Reuters reports that seven Sunni mosques, along with dozens of homes and shops, were firebombed Tuesday in Eastern Iraq.
 
Security sources told Reuters that ten people were shot and killed in Muqdadiya, where a suicide bombed had killed 20 on Monday.
 
Daesh claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing in Muqdadiya and Monday's attack on Jawaher Mall in Baghdad - both in mostly-Shia neighborhoods. Daesh claims to follow Sunni Islam, and the Iraqi government fears the mosque attacks are retalitory for the attacks on Shias.
 
"It's worse than hell. I hid my two sons under a pile of clothes inside a wardrobe to avoid being discovered," said Um Ibrahim to Reuters, a Sunni widow who escaped Muqdadiya to a nearby town after seeing two mosques ablaze.
 
Two Sunni mosques were also attacked south of Baghdad last week, in response to Saudi Arabia executing a prominent dissident Shia cleric.
 
Iraq has a Shia majority and Sunni minority. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is a moderate Shia Islamist. Daesh holds strongholds in the north, operating out of Mosul and Raqqa.

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