Attacks on Baghdad mosques kill nine


BAGHDAD: A Shia and a Sunni mosque in Baghdad were targeted in bombings that killed at least nine people, Iraqi officials said. Police officials said a suicide  bomber set off his explosives on Shia worshippers as they were leaving a mosque in the city’s suburb of Hussainya late on Tuesday. Seven people died and 11 were wounded in that attack. And in western Baghdad, a bombing on Tuesday night near a Sunni mosque killed two worshippers. Hospital officials confirmed the death tolls in the two attacks. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorised to speak to the media.

Violence has escalated in Iraq, especially since the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramazan earlier in July.