Iraq

Bomb attack kills 34 in Iraq’s Diyala Province

At least 34 have been killed and more than 40 others injured in a bomb attack northeast of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, officials say.

Security and medical sources said on Monday that the deadly attack took place in the town of Muqdadiyah in the Diyala Province.

A security source in Diyala said 42 other people were injured in the attack which targeted a funeral ceremony in Muqdadiyah around noon local time.

The state-run agency WAP said the attacker hit a gathering of people inside a mosque in Bereshteh district, located east of Muqdadiyah and 40 kilometers northeast of the provincial capital of Baqubah.

The governor of Muqdadiyah, Adnan al-Tamimi, said an investigation has been launched into the incident. He said security forces swiftly reached the scene of the attack while ambulances carried the victims to the hospitals.

Daesh Takfiri militant group has claimed the deadly attack. The militant group, which controls areas in west and north of Iraq since June 2014, has suffered major defeats over the past months at the hands of Iraqi military forces and allied volunteer fighters.

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