At least 18 worshipers have been killed in twin bomb explosions that ripped through a Shia mosque in Iraq on Friday, official sources say.
Fifteen people were also wounded in the attack on Al-Zahraa mosque in Baladruz, a district in Diyala province 75 kilometres (46 miles) northeast of Baghdad, the interior ministry said.
AFP said earlier that a bomb attack on a mosque in eastern Iraq killed at least 10 people on Friday including an army officer.
The ISIL terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack.
There were conflicting reports on the nature of the attack. The interior ministry said two car bombs went off and a police officer told AFP one car exploded and immediately afterwards a suicide bomber blew himself up.
ISIL, in an online claim posted on terrorists websites, said a suicide bomber in a car carried out the attack. “Brother Abu Jihad al-Ansari… drove his booby-trapped car… and blew it up, killing dozens,” the statement said.