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Explosion near Iraqi Mosque Kills 17

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TEHRAN, June 3 (ICANA) – At least 17 people have been killed and more than 50 others wounded in a bomb explosion near a mosque in the central Iraqi city of Tikrit.
Friday, June 03, 2011 9:10:54 PM
Explosion near Iraqi Mosque Kills 17

The bomb, which was hidden inside a fuel canister at the entrance to the mosque, exploded as worshipers were leaving the mosque after the Friday Prayers, a security official said adding that the mosque is frequented by provincial officials.

"We have received 17 dead bodies, and around 50 other people are wounded," said a doctor in Tikrit hospital, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Two members of the provincial council, a member of parliament and a police officer were among the wounded.

The death toll is expected to rise since some of the injured are reported to be in critical condition.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombing, which was the deadliest in Tikrit since a March 29, 2011 attack on the city's provincial council offices left 58 people dead.

Tikrit bombing came a day after a spate of coordinated bomb attacks in the western Iraqi city of Ramadi killed 10 people and injured 15 others.

Tikrit, about 130 km north of the capital Baghdad, is the home town of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and is the capital of mainly Sunni Arab Salaheddin province.

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