SAMARRA: Two bombs tore through worshippers gathering for prayers at a Sunni mosque in Iraq yesterday, killing 18 people, while seven died in other attacks, officials said.
The bombs, which hit the Musab bin Omair mosque near Samarra, north of Baghdad, also wounded 21 people.
“A huge explosion happened, and everything around us was thrown in the air,” Zaid Abdulwahid, a 26-year-old who was wounded in the blasts, said at the main hospital in Samarra.
Other violence struck the Samarra area yesterday, with a mortar round killing a mother and her daughter and wounding her husband near the bombed mosque.
And another young girl was killed and two of her family members wounded by a mortar attack west of the city.
In the northern province of Kirkuk, gunmen kidnapped and killed a soldier, while a roadside bomb north of the city of Baquba killed one person and wounded three.
And a doctor was killed in an attack in Baghdad, while a bombing against a police colonel’s convoy in the northern city of Mosul killed a woman and wounded 12 people, including the officer.