At least 11 killed in bombing outside of mosque in Kirkuk, Iraq

Oct. 15, 2013 at 7:29 AM

KIRKUK, Iraq, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- A roadside bomb detonated near a mosque in northern Iraq Tuesday, killing at least 11 people and wounding 22 others, police said.

Police said the bomb exploded in Kirkuk as worshippers were leaving after morning prayers marking the major Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, Voice of America reported.

Police said the explosion also damaged nearby cars and houses, China's state-run news agency Xinhua reported.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

On Monday, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued a statement condemning a series of bombings in the days leading to Eid al-Adha, calling them "particularly despicable" because they occurred as Iraqis observe the holiday by helping the needy and suffering.

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