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Bombs hit mosques in Iraq; 11 die

BAGHDAD — A pair of bombs struck in quick succession outside a Sunni mosque north of Baghdad on Friday, killing at least 11 people and wounding more than 30.

The attacks in the town of Kanaan, about 47 miles northeast of the capital, are likely to increase fears of further violence ahead of provincial elections in much of the country scheduled for next week.

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Friday’s blasts struck as worshippers were leaving after midday prayers from the town’s Omar Bin Abdul-Aziz mosque, said police officials in Diyala province, where Kanaan is located. A hospital official confirmed the casualty figures.

Violence in Iraq has fallen sharply from its peak in 2006 and 2007, but deadly attacks remain common a decade after the US-led invasion.

The nearby city of Baqouba, the provincial capital, was the site of a large bombing last week. In that explosion, a suicide bomber blew himself up at a lunch hosted by a Sunni candidate in the upcoming provincial elections, killing 20 people.

Minutes after the Kanaan attack, a bomb exploded near a Shi’ite mosque in western Baghdad, wounding eight, according to police and hospital officials.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Friday’s attacks.

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