Suicide Bombing Outside Baghdad Mosque Kills 21

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Civilians walk about a site of the aftermath of a car bomb explosion in the morning in Baghdad's eastern neighborhood of Baladiyat, Iraq, on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. On Sunday, a suicide bomber detonated explosives at a Shiite mosque in western Baghdad, killing at least 15 people. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
Civilians walk about a site of the aftermath of a car bomb explosion in the morning in Baghdad’s eastern neighborhood of Baladiyat, Iraq, on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. . AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed

BAGHDAD — A suicide bomber has detonated explosives at a Shia mosque in western Baghdad, killing at least 21people, security and medical officials said, according to Aljazeera.

The blast in the Harthiyah area, which also wounded at least 30 people, is the latest in a string of bombings in the Iraqi capital that have killed dozens of people in recent days.

There was no immediate claim for the attack, but suicide bombings are almost exclusively carried out by Sunni fighters in Iraq, including members of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, which has seized large areas of Iraq since June.

The fighters have been kept from reaching Baghdad in force and would face major challenges if they tried to occupy part of the city, but they are able to strike the capital with deadly bombings.

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