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Reports: 70 killed as Shiite militiamen open fire at Sunni mosque

It’s reported that a suicide bomber blew up explosives inside the building, and that the gunmen then fired on the fleeing worshippers.

File photo: Iraqi troops being deployed at a village in Diyala province in June.
File photo: Iraqi troops being deployed at a village in Diyala province in June.
Image: AP/Press Association Images

70 PEOPLE HAVE been killed in Iraq after Shiite militiamen gunned down 70 people at a Sunni mosque in the Hamreen area northeast of Baghdad, according to Iraqi officers and doctors.

The attack on the mosque in Diyala province, which also wounded 20 people, was apparently carried out in revenge for the killing of militiamen in either clashes or a roadside bombing in the area, according to the AFP news service.

The BBC reported that a suicide bomber detonated explosives inside the mosque and that the gunmen then opened fire on the fleeing worshippers.

There has been fighting in the area in recent weeks between Iraqi troops and Shia militias on one side, and Sunni IS militants on the other.

Includes reporting from AFP.

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