Bomb near mosque in northern Iraq kills 12 Sunnis

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BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iraqi official says a bomb planted near a Sunni mosque in northern Iraq has killed 12 worshippers after morning prayers on a major Muslim holiday.

Police Col. Taha Salaheddin says the attack took place in the oil-rich city of Kirkuk. The bomb went off as worshippers were leaving the al-Qodus mosque after prayers for the start of the Eid al-Adha holiday.

Salaheddin says Tuesday's bombing also wounded 24 people.

More than 5,000 people have been killed in Iraq since al-Qaida and other militants stepped up attacks following a deadly security crackdown against a Sunni protest camp in April.

The latest attack came despite tight security measures imposed by security forces to prevent attacks during the four-day Eid al-Adha celebrations.

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