Iraqi Bomb Blast Kills 16 at Mosque

Posted June 3rd, 2011 at 8:20 am (UTC-5)
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At least 16 people were killed and more than 50 wounded Friday morning when a bomb exploded at a Sunni mosque in the hometown of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

Investigators say the blast took place as worshippers were leaving the mosque in Tikrit, a city about 130 kilometers north of Baghdad.

The mosque is part of a series of palace grounds built during the Hussein era.

The violence took place a day after at least nine people were killed in a series of explosions that rocked the western city of Ramadi.

Investigators says least two of Thursday's blasts occurred in a market that is near government offices.