Suicide blasts kill 12 at swimming pool
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.