• Bomb targeting worshippers kills 11 in Iraq

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    KIRKUK: A bomb ripped through a crowd of worshippers on Tuesday as they left a mosque in Iraq after prayers marking the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday, killing 11 people, police and a doctor said.

    The blast near a Sunni mosque in the northern city of Kirkuk also wounded 22 people, the sources said.

    Angry and grieving worshippers railed against those who carried out the attack, shouting, “God take revenge on those who are evil!”

    Eid al-Adha, which commemorates the willingness of Abraham (Ibrahim in Arabic) to sacrifice his son at God’s command, is the biggest Muslim holiday of the year.

    Almost nothing is safe from attack by militants in Iraq, where violence has reached a level not seen since 2008 when the country was just emerging from a brutal sectarian conflict.

    Secure targets such as prisons have been struck in past months, along with cafes, markets, mosques, football fields as well as weddings and funerals.

    The increasing number of attacks on both Sunni and Shiite gatherings have raised fears of a relapse into the intense sectarian bloodshed that killed tens of thousands of people in 2006 to 2007.

    AFP

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