Published July 19, 2013
BAGHDAD – Officials say a bomb has exploded in a Sunni mosque in central Iraq, killing at least 10 people.
Provincial councilman Sadiq al-Huusseini says Friday's explosion hit the Abu Bakir al-Sideeq mosque in the town of Wijaihiya, about 60 kilometers (35 miles) northeast of Baghdad. He says it killed 10.
Police and hospital officials put the casualty toll at 12 dead and more than 40 wounded. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to release the information to media.
Iraq has been rocked by a surge of violence that has killed more than 2,800 people since the start of April, raising fears it is returning to the widespread sectarian bloodshed that pushed the country to the brink of civil war after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.