At least 40 killed in Sunni mosque attack in Iraq

Aug 22, 2014 8:29 AM by Cheryl Wengren

BAGHDAD (AP) - Officials in Iraq's Diyala province say militants have opened fire on worshippers at a Sunni mosque during Friday prayers, killing at least 40 people.

A police officer said that local militants broke into the mosque and opened fire in Imam Wais village, some 120 kilometers northeast of Baghdad. Another 35 people were wounded in the attack. Two medical officials confirmed the casualty figures.

Imam Wais remains in government control, although nearby areas have fallen to militants from the Islamic State group.

All officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to brief the media.


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