Several killed in Baghdad mosque bomb attack

At least 14 people were killed from a suicide bomb attack in Iraq’s capital Tuesday

Iraqi officials told AFP that a suicide bomber detonated himself outside of a Shiite mosque in the downtown area of the capital as worshippers entshiite_mosque_baghdad_may_2014ered for noon prayers Tuesday.

In addition to the 14 killed, at least 26 others were also wounded.

Sectarian tensions have escalated dramatically over the past year in Iraq in part due to the neighboring conflict in Syria, but also due to the fact that many Sunnis feel marginalized politically and economically under the Shiite-majority government.

More than 8,868 people died last year due to sectarian violence in Iraq. Almost 5,000 people have died due to violence in Iraq in 2014 alone.

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