Suicide bomber kills
 15 in northern Iraq

Filed on October 17, 2013

A suicide bomber detonated a vehicle rigged with explosives in a village in northern Iraq on Thursday, killing 15 people, while two died in other attacks, officials said.

The suicide bombing tore through a residential area of Al Muwaffaqiyah, a village east of Mosul that is mainly populated by members of the Shabak minority.

A bomb also exploded near the house of a Shabak family in Mosul itself, killing a child and wounding three people, while a policeman was gunned down in his home south of the city. The 30,000-strong Shabak community mostly live near Iraq’s border with Turkey.

Last month, another suicide bomber targeted a Shabak funeral near Mosul, killing 26 people and wounding 46. UN envoy Nickolay Mladenov issued a statement condemning the attack in Al Muwaffaqiyah “in the strongest terms,” saying “the United Nations pays particular attention to the protection of minority communities who continue suffering from heinous attacks, economic and social barriers.”

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