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Mosque bombing kills 7 in Iraq

BAGHDAD — A bomb attack outside a Sunni mosque on Friday killed seven worshipers as Sunnis continued to hold demonstrations in Iraq to protest what they say is second-class treatment by the Shi’ite-led government.

Sunni mosques have been targeted in several recent attacks as sectrian tension rises after a deadly crackdown by security forces on a Sunni protest site in Hawija town last month. Since then, violence has been on the upswing, raising concerns that the nation is on a return to bloody fighting in the past decade that approached a state of civil war.

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Police officials said the attack on the Sunni mosque occurred as worshipers were leaving midday prayers at in a primarily Sunni area of Rashidiya.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Many from Iraq’s Sunni minority say they are marginalized and discriminated against by the Shi’ite-led government. They say they face discrimination, particularly in the application of a tough anti-terrorism law that they believe unfairly targets their sect.

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