Attack on Iraq Shia mosque near Baghdad kills 14

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A suicide bomber has killed at least 14 people in an attack on a Shia mosque near the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, officials say.

The attack took place in the Sabaa al-Bour area, about 30km (20 miles) north of Baghdad.

At least 25 people were wounded in the attack, which targeted evening prayers.

There has been a surge in sectarian attacks in recent months on targets like mosques, restaurants and local markets.

The suicide bombing came after three other attacks in the north of Iraq killed a further nine people.

The violence has rekindled fears the country is being dragged towards a wider conflict between the Shia majority and the Sunni minority.

Sunnis have accused the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki of discriminating against them - a claim the government denies.

Last month was the bloodiest in Iraq since June 2008, with 1,045 civilians and security officials killed.

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