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Iraqi police clash with Sunni worshippers heading to Baghdad mosque, several hurt

Iraqi officials say several Sunni worshippers were injured when police tried to prevent them from reaching a prominent mosque in northern Baghdad.

Police officials said anti-riot police used batons and water hoses in order to prevent worshippers from crossing a bridge leading to the Abu Hanifa mosque, located in the primarily Sunni neighborhood of Azamiyah.

The officials say said several worshippers sustained bruises and minor injuries in the skirmishes. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk to the media.

Last Friday, security forces prevented worshippers from holding Friday prayers at Abu Hanifa mosque.

Minority Sunnis frustrated over what they claim is second-class treatment have taken to the streets across Iraq since late December.