BAGHDAD (AP) — The wave of Ramadan violence in Iraq has claimed more victims today. At least 17 people were killed when a bomb exploded inside a Sunni mosque in central Iraq during midday prayers.
A witness says the bomb went off on the left side of the mosque, which was filled with men and children, as worshippers were kneeling during prayers. He says security forces found a second bomb left near the mosque that they rendered safe with a controlled detonation.
Suicide attacks, car bombings and other violence have killed nearly 200 people in Iraq since the faithful began observing the Islamic holy month early last week.
Today's attack occurred in Diyala province, which was once the site of some of the fiercest fighting between U.S. forces and insurgents in Iraq. The religiously mixed area remains a hotbed for terrorist attacks.
A surge of violence in Iraq has killed more than 2,800 people since the start of April, raising fears it is returning to the widespread sectarian bloodshed that pushed the country to the brink of civil war after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.
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