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Bomb blast at Shi’ite mosque in eastern Baghdad kills 7, police source says

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WATCH: A source said the death toll was expected to rise after a bomb blast in eastern Baghdad's Baladiyat neighbourhood, with many of those wounded in serious condition – Jun 21, 2019

BAGHDAD, June 21 (Reuters) – A bomb blast killed seven people at a Shi’ite Muslim mosque in eastern Baghdad on Friday and wounded more than 20, police sources said.

The explosion took place in the Baladiyat neighborhood. A senior police source said that either a suicide belt or improvised explosive device had been used in the attack, for which there was no immediate claim of responsibility.

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The source said the death toll was expected to rise with many of those wounded in serious condition.

It was a rare attack on a Shi’ite place of worship in the Iraqi capital.

Sunni extremists carried out high-profile bombings of Iraqi Shi’ite sites during the worst of the country’s sectarian violence after the U.S. invasion that toppled dictator Saddam Hussein in 2003

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Baghdad’s security improved significantly with the defeat of Islamic State in 2017 and bomb attacks of any kind in the city have been rare since then.