Sui­cide blasts kill 12 at swimming pool

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE WORLD -

At least 12 peo­ple were killed Satur­day when two sui­cide bombers at­tacked a crowded swimming pool in north­ern Iraq, a lo­cal of­fi­cial and po­lice said.

The at­tacks in the town of Tuz Khur­matu, about 110 miles north of the cap­i­tal, Bagh­dad, left 45 oth­ers wounded. Most of the vic­tims were Shi­ites from the coun­try’s eth­nic Turk­men mi­nor­ity.

There was no im­me­di­ate claim of re­spon­si­bil­ity, but Is­lamic State mil­i­tants have re­cently launched bomb­ings in Bagh­dad and other prov­inces, in­clud­ing a huge at­tack ear­lier this month in Diyala province that killed more than 100.

Se­cu­rity forces and mili­tia groups are fo­cused on the western province of An­bar, where they have been gear­ing up for an of­fen­sive to re­take the mainly Sunni gov­er­norate, Iraq’s largest, from the rad­i­cal Sunni group.

The mayor of Tuz Khur­matu, Ali al-Hua­saini, and two po­lice of­fi­cials said a sui­cide at­tacker det­o­nated his ex­plo­sives vest at a swimming pool where dozens of men and chil­dren were swimming in scorch­ing sum­mer heat.

Another bomber then blew up ex­plo­sives packed onto a mo­tor­cy­cle at the pool’s en­trance as res­cue teams were evac­u­at­ing ca­su­al­ties, they said.

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