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70 killed in Iraq mosque shooting
22 Aug 2014 22:10
At least 70 people have been killed after Shia Muslim militia opened fired inside an Iraqi Sunni mosque in the country's eastern Diyala province, an Iraqi security source said.
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The attack on the mosque, which also wounded 20 people, was apparently carried out in revenge for the killing of militiamen in either clashes or a roadside bombing in the area.
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Such sectarian violence could hurt efforts by Iraq's new prime minister, moderate Shia Haider al-Abadi, to form a government that can unite Iraqis against Islamic State, the Sunni militants who have seized large parts of the country.
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Ambulances transported the bodies to Baquba, the main city in Diyala province, where Iranian-trained Shia militias are powerful and act with impunity.
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Attacks on mosques are acutely sensitive and have in the past unleashed a deadly series of revenge killings and counter attacks in Iraq, where violence has returned to the levels of 2006-2007, the peak of a sectarian civil war.
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