12 worshippers wounded in Islamic State attack against mosque, south of Mosul

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Mosul ( Twelve people were wounded as Islamic State members carried out an attack against a mosque, south of Mosul, a security source from Nineveh province said on Monday.

“Islamic State members attacked a mosque in Hekna village, near Shirqat town, on the road linking between Mosul and Baghdad. The opened fire against worshippers, while praying last night,” the source told Noor News website.

The attack, according to the source, “left twelve worshippers wounded.”

A total of 90 Iraqi civilians were killed, while 117 others were injured due to acts of violence and terrorism during the month of August, according to the monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).
The worst affected province was Baghdad with 77 civilian casualties (24 killed and 53 injured.) Then comes Nineveh with 39 casualties (29 killed and 10 injured). Anbar came in the third place with 32 casualties (6 killed and 26 injured).

Islamic State continues to launch sporadic attacks across Iraq against troops. Security reports indicate that the militant group still poses threat against stability in the country. The group still has dormant cells, through which it carries out attacks, across Iraq like it used to do before 2014.

Thousands of Islamic State militants as well as Iraqi civilians were killed since the government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and the coalition was launched in October 2016.

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