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IS killed 35 ppl in triple suicide attack in Iraq

08 July, 2016

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TIKRIT: The militant Islamic State (IS) group claimed a triple suicide attack on Thursday evening near the mausoleum of Sayid Mohammed bin Ali al-Hadi north of Baghdad, which killed at least 35 people and wounded 60 others, according to Iraqi security sources.

A man detonated an explosive belt at the external gate of the mausoleum at around 11pm, allowing several gunmen to storm the site and start shooting at worshippers on the occasion of Eidul Fitr, according to the security sources.

At least one gunman blew himself up in the middle of the crowd while another was gunned down by the guard of the mausoleum before he could detonate his explosive belt.

The site also came under rocket fire during the attack that was claimed by IS. The militant group said in a statement the attack was carried out by three suicide bombers wearing explosive belts.

Pictures posted on social media showed a fire burning in the market located at the entrance of the Sayid Mohammed mausoleum. It was not clear if the site itself was damaged.

The attack on the mausoleum comes days after a suicide attack in Baghdad claimed nearly 300 lives.

Prominent Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr had ordered his militia, the Peace Brigade, to deploy around the mausoleum, near Balad, about 93 kilometres north of Baghdad.

Sadr's militia is also deployed in Samarra, a nearby city that houses the shrine of Imam Ali al-Hadi, the father of Sayid Mohammed whose mausoleum was attacked on Thursday.

A 2006 bombing destroyed the golden dome of the shrine of Ali al-Hadi and his other son, Imam Hasan al-Askari, setting off a wave of sectarian violence akin to a civil war.

IS militants have lost ground since last year to US-backed government forces and Iran-backed militias, but recent bombings have shown they still have the ability to strike outside the territory they control in northern and western Iraq.

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