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Suicide bomber kills 9 at Iraq mosque
June 29, 2016
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Baghdad: A suicide bomber detonated explosives at a Sunni mosque near Baghdad where worshippers were gathered for prayers, killing at least nine people, officials said on Tuesday.

 The attack on the mosque in Abu Ghraib, which also wounded at least 28 people, took place during evening prayers on Monday as Muslims mark the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

 There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but the Daesh group frequently carries out suicide bombings targeting civilians in Iraq.

 The attack came a day after Iraq declared that it was fully in control of the city of Fallujah, located west of Baghdad, which was one of the last two cities held by Daesh in Iraq.

 Daesh overran large areas north and west of Baghdad in 2014, but has lost significant ground to Iraqi forces.

 Iraqi forces on Sunday wrapped up operations in Fallujah and declared the area free of Daesh group after a month-long operation.

 The government said the destruction caused by the fighting was limited and vowed to do its utmost to allow the tens of thousands of displaced civilians to return to their homes.

 After more than two years under the tyrannical rule of Daesh and months of a siege that starved the population, Umm Issam, 42, said she thought she could never be happy in Fallujah again.

 “My son asked me to kill him because he was so hungry he couldn’t take it anymore... By God that’s what he said. He’s five,” she said, shaking her head.

 Months earlier, she had a miscarriage in Fallujah hospital when an air strike hit a nearby building and caused panic.

 “I was so scared, it was chaos, I miscarried. I was expecting twins. I lost my twins... I had gone to hospital because I had no food,” she said, holding one of her nine other children.

 Behind her, in one of the ever-expanding displacement camps in Amriyat Al Fallujah, the Norwegian Refugee Council was conducting a delivery of basic goods for new arrivals.

 The basic package, meant for a family housed in a single tent, consisted of six mattresses, a cooking kit, a camping lamp, a sheet of tarpaulin, an empty water container and brown tape.

 “It’s hot and dusty here, there isn’t enough water or food, but we can survive,” said Umm Issam.

 “I don’t want to go back. It has been through so much — the Americans, Al Qaeda, Daesh, starvation... And I don’t know what’s next but this city is cursed, I’m not going back.”

Agencies

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