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IS bombing near Shia mosque in Iraq kills 3, wounds dozens

IS regularly targets Shias in Iraq as it considers them heretics [Getty]

Date of publication: 24 August, 2019

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A motorcycle rigged with explosives went off near a Shia mosque south of the capital Baghdad, killing three people and wounding 34, Iraqi security officials said on Saturday.

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A motorcycle rigged with explosives went off near a Shia mosque south of the capital Baghdad, killing three people and wounding 34, Iraqi security officials said on Saturday.

The officials said the blast happened the previous evening on a commercial street in the village of Musayyib. They spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it targeted "gatherings of Shia near one of their places of worship".

Iraq declared victory against IS in late 2017, but the group continues to carry out attacks through sleeper cells, particularly in the country's north.

IS regularly targets Shias in Iraq as it considers them heretics.

Iraq's military announced it started a new operation early Saturday targeting IS hideouts and sleeper cells in western Anbar province.

The military said the operation aims to "search and clear" wide desert areas in the province that borders Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Syria.

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