Death toll rises to 14 in northern Iraq bombing 2009-10-16 21:49:46   Print

    MOSUL, Iraq, Oct. 16 (Xinhua) -- The death toll from a suicide bombing inside a Sunni mosque in northern Iraq's Nineveh province rose to 14 and some 92 others injured, a provincial police source said Friday.

    "Our latest reports said that 14 worshippers were killed and some 92 others injured," the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

    The incident occurred when a bomber blew up his explosive belt among worshippers inside the al-Taqua mosque in the Hasan Koiee neighborhood in the town of Tal Afar, some 70 km west of Nineveh's capital city of Mosul during Friday noon prayers and caused the casualties, the source said.

    Earlier, an Interior Ministry source put the toll at 12 killed and 25 others injured.

    Abdul A'al, the mayor of the town told Xinhua that the attacker shot dead Abdul-Sattar Abdul-Hussein, the imam of the mosque and another person believed to be a judge in the town before blowing himself and causing the destruction.

    A source from the interior ministry also told Xinhua that the Iraqi army suspected of four men riding a civilian car near the mosque before the attack.

    The soldiers of the patrol then shot fire on the suspected car as a precautionary measure, forcing three men to escape the scene while the fourth rushed quickly into the mosque, causing the powerful incident, the source added.

    Iraqi security forces immediately cordoned off the area to secure the scene, while ambulances rushed to take the victims to nearby hospitals.

    Mosul, some 400 km north of Baghdad, is said to be one of the last strongholds of al-Qaida fighters in the war-torn country.

    The province has been the scene of a major security crackdown by U.S. troops and Iraqi security forces, which was aimed at uprooting al-Qaida militants and other anti-U.S. insurgent groups.

Editor: Sun Yunlong
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