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Bomb and shooting kill 7 in Iraq

Iraqis chanted antigovernment slogans Friday at a protest in Fallujah, where three police officers died in an attack.
Bilal Fawzi/Associated Press
Iraqis chanted antigovernment slogans Friday at a protest in Fallujah, where three police officers died in an attack.

BAGHDAD — A bomb exploded amid Sunni worshippers leaving a mosque in west Baghdad, one of two attacks on Friday that left seven dead in Iraq, officials said.

Iraqi security forces are struggling to contain the country’s most relentless round of violence since the 2011 US military withdrawal. Over 30 Sunni mosques have been hit in the past two months and over 100 worshippers killed, in addition to attacks on Shi’ite neighborhoods, security forces, and other targets.

Police officials said the bomb left by the side of the road at the Omar mosque killed four people and wounded 11 others as they were walking away after Friday prayers.

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Meanwhile, police said that two carloads of gunmen attacked a security checkpoint in Fallujah early Friday, killing three police officers.

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Two other policemen were also wounded in the attack in the former Al Qaeda stronghold 40 miles west of Baghdad.

Health workers confirmed the casualties. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to media.

In a show of national unity, Shi’ite and Sunni worshippers held joint prayers Friday in a Shi’ite mosque in downtown Baghdad amid tight security measures.

Associated Press