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12 killed, 62 wounded in bomb attack at mosque in Iraq's Diyala

Up to 12 worshippers were killed and 62 others wounded in a bomb explosion at a Sunni mosque in Iraq's eastern province of Diyala on Friday, police said.

The attack occurred around midday when dozens of worshippers were observing the Friday weekly Muslim prayer at the mosque of Abu Bakr al-Sideeq, in the town of Wajihiyah, northeast of the provincial capital city of Baquba, some 65 km northeast of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, a provincial police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

"Our latest report said that 12 worshippers were killed and 62 wounded, including 25 in critical condition, by the mosque bombing, " the source said.

Earlier, the source put the toll at five killed and 25 wounded by the blast.

Sectarian tension and reprisal killings have been running high recently between Sunni and Shiite Muslims in the volatile province of Diyala, as Sunnis and Shiites accuse each other of supporting extremists and militiamen.

Diyala province, which stretches from the eastern edges of Baghdad to the border with Iran, has long been a volatile area since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 despite repeated military operations against the militant groups.

Iraq is witnessing its worst eruption of violence in five years, raising fears that the latest bloodshed is sliding the country back toward a full-blown civil conflict that peaked in 2006 and 2007, when the monthly death toll sometimes exceeded 3,000.

[Source: Xinhua, Baquba, 19Jul13]

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