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After Sunni mosque attack, bombings kill 42 in Iraq

First Published Aug 23 2014 09:21PM      Last Updated Aug 23 2014 09:21 pm

Iraq's Sunni parliament speaker Salim al-Jabouri speaks about Musab bin Omair Mosque, where Friday's attack killed tens of people, during a press conference in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Al-Jabouri said an investigation is underway into the attack on the Sunni mosque that killed more than 60 people and escalated sectarian tensions. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)
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Iraqi President Fouad Massoum, a Kurd, condemned Friday’s attack and appealed "to all for self-restraint and to act wisely." He promised the incident would be "properly investigated and its perpetrators held to account."

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he’s "deeply concerned about the impact such acts of sectarian violence will have on the already grave security situation and on the political process." The European Union said the "heinous crime" should not stand in the way of government formation and urged Iraqis to unite against violence.

Also Saturday an explosion in the Kurdish capital, Irbil, injured three people, according to military officials who declined to be named because they are not authorized to speak with journalists. It remains unclear what caused the explosion, however one military official said it may have involved a sticky bomb.


Associated Press writer Murtada Faraj in Baghdad and Bram Janssen in Irbil contributed to this report.





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