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Iraq: Suicide attack kills at least 17 in Baghdad


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BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi officials say a suicide bomber has targeted a Shiite mosque in central Baghdad, killing at least 17 worshippers.

A police officer says the attacker blew up his explosives-laden vest as people were leaving the al-Khairat mosque in Baghdad's Sinak commercial area following noon prayers on Monday. He says at least 25 people were wounded in the explosion.

The attack comes a day after a suicide bombing targeted a Shiite mosque in the capital's western Harithiya neighborhood, killing 28 worshippers.

A medical official confirmed the casualty figures. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to talk to media.

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