Two Sunni mosques have been attacked in Hilla, 80km south of Baghdad. Hilla, or al-Hillah, is a Sunni majority area. Meanwhile, in Iskandariyah, a Sunni prayer caller was killed.
Iskandariyah is a mixed Sunni-Shi’ite area that was the center of extreme sectarian violence in 2006.
One of the mosques attacked was the Ammar bin Yassir.
“After we heard the explosion, we went to its source and found that IEDs (improvised explosive devices) had been planted in the mosque. Residents said a group of people with military uniforms carried out this operation,” said a police captain.
No-one has yet to claim responsibility but some Sunni’s are blaming Shi’ites calling this a retaliatory attack for Saudi Arabia’s execution of Shi’a cleric Nimr al-Nimr. Meanwhile, Shi’ites are claiming that this was perpetrated by ISIS as a way to create sectarian discord.
Iraq descended into sectarian civil war after Al-Qaeda destroyed the Al-Askari mosque in 2006 with over 1000 people dying alone in the first few days following the mosque attack. The situation remains volatile as no official statement has been made on the perpetrators.