At Least 20 Killed, 50 Wounded In Attack on Shi’ite Mausoleum North of Baghdad


At least 20 people were killed and 50 others wounded on Thursday evening in an attack on a Shi’ite mausoleum north of Baghdad, security sources said.

The site, the Mausoleum of Sayid Mohammed bin Ali al-Hadi, is located in Balad, about 93 kilometers (58 miles) north of Baghdad.

A suicide car bomb blew up at the external gate of the mausoleum, allowing several gunmen to storm the site and start shooting at pilgrims on a visit on the occasion of the Eid al-Fitr festival.

SOURCE: Reuters
(Reporting by Ahmed Rasheed; writing by Maher Chmaytelli, editing by G Crosse)