BAGHDAD, Oct. 17 (Xinhua) -- At least 15 people were killed and 60 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack in northern Iraq on Thursday, police said.
The attack occurred when a suicide attacker detonated a truck bomb in Muwafaqiya, a village of the Shiite Shabak community near Mosul, some 400 km north of Baghdad, a police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack, but the al-Qaida front in Iraq, in most cases, was responsible for such massive attacks, raising fears that the terrorist group and other militiamen could return to widespread violence, particularly as Iraq is trying to fend off the spillover of the escalating violence in neighboring Syria.
Iraq is witnessing its worst eruption of violence in recent years. According to the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq, almost 6, 000 Iraqis were killed and over 14,000 others injured from January to September this year.
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