Retaliation Against Sunnis Leave 90 Dead, 201 Wounded Across Iraq

by , May 17, 2013

Updated at 4:30 p.m. EST, March 17, 2013

As violence surged in Iraq this week, the United Nations called on the government and politicians to protect civilians. Today alone, bombers targeted a Sunni mosque and funeral in apparent retaliation for earlier attacks against Shi’ites. Overall, at least 90 Iraqis were killed and 201 more were wounded in the assaults.

A double bombing at a Sunni mosque in Baquba left 43 dead. The first bomb blew up as worshippers exited the Saria mosque. The second of the two bombs exploded after first responders arrived to help the victims of the first blast. Over 80 people were wounded.

In Baghdad, a bomb at an Amiriya district shopping center left 21 dead and 32 wounded. Four were killed and 22 were wounded in a later explosion in Doura. A bomb killed one person and wounded five more in Ghazaliya. Seven people were killed and 28 more were wounded in a bomb in Baladiyat.

Eight people were killed and 25 more were wounded in Madaen, where a roadside bomb targeting a funeral procession for a Sunni cleric exploded.

Two people were killed and nine more were wounded when a bomb exploded at a Falluja café.

In Mosul, a woman’s body was discovered bearing gunshot wounds.

Gunmen in Qayara killed a nominee for the Nineva provincial council.

A Kirkuk inspection department employee and his cousin were gunned down.

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