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Officials: Suicide attack kills 3 in Iraq's north

Friday - 3/29/2013, 9:11am  ET

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi police and health officials say a suicide attack against a Shiite mosque in the country's north has killed three worshippers and wounded up to 70.

Col. Najat Hassan says the bomber drove his explosive-laden car into a group of worshippers as they were leaving the mosque in the northern city of Kirkuk after Friday prayers. The city is 290 kilometers (180 miles) north of Baghdad. A senior provisional health official, Sidiq Omar Rasool, confirmed the casualty figures.

Violence has ebbed sharply since the peak of Sunni-Shiite fighting that pushed the country to the brink of civil war in 2006 and 2007.

But Sunni insurgents still occasionally carry out high-profile attacks against Shiites, considering them as heretics. Sectarian and ethnic rivalries also remain threats to Iraq's long-term stability.


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