Suicide attack kills at least 6 at Baghdad mosque

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Posted: Aug 28, 2011 4:10 PM
Suicide attack kills at least 6 at Baghdad mosque

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A suicide bomber detonated his explosives inside a main Baghdad Sunni mosque Sunday, killing at least 6 people, including an Iraqi lawmaker, and wounding more than 12 others, security and local officials said.

The attack occurred shortly after evening prayers at the Umm al-Qura mosque frequented by Sunni leaders in the capital's western Ghazaliya district and came toward the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

"A suicide bomber entered the main area of the mosque and blew himself up," said Qutaiba al-Falahi, head of the press office for the Sunni Endowment, an organization that runs Sunni religious sites.

A Baghdad security spokesman said at least 6 people were killed and 12 more were wounded.

Violence in Iraq has dropped sharply since the bloody days of sectarian slaughter, but both Sunni Islamists linked to al Qaeda and Shi'ite militias carry out almost daily attacks to test the state as U.S. troops prepare to withdraw at year end.

(Reporting by Aseel Kami; writing by Patrick Markey)