30 innocents killed in Baghdad

30 innocents killed in BaghdadAt least 30 people were killed as in a suicide bombing at a Shiite shrine north of Baghdad, security officials said on Friday, the latest attack claimed by Islamic State militants.

Three suicide bombers dressed in military uniform opened fire on worshipers gathered at the shrine in Balad late Thursday, said the spokesman for the Iraqi military. Two then blew up their vests at the gate of a shrine, and a third was killed before he detonated.

Dozens of people were also injured, the military said. Nearly 35 were killed and 65 injured.

The incident comes less than a week after Islamic State’s worst suicide bombing in the country, which killed at least 292 people in Baghdad in the early hours of Sunday morning.

On Thursday night the shrine in Balad, 60 miles north of Baghdad, was packed with visitors to mark Eid al-Fitr. Most of the dead were pilgrims. The blast set off a fire in the area.

Initial reports said so-called Islamic State (IS) group had said it had carried out the attack in Balad, but IS has not confirmed this. IS supporters online have welcomed the attack, which the group is suspected of perpetrating.

Source: The Washington Post
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