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Blasts targeting Shiites in Kirkuk kill four

An Iraqi arrives to douse a burning vehicle after a car bomb exploded on a parking near the entrance of Al-Mustafa Shiite mosque in a southern district of the disputed northern city of Kirkuk July 25, 2014. (AFP Photo/Marwan Ibrahim)

KIRKUK, Iraq: A series of blasts outside Shiite prayer halls killed four people and wounded 19 others Friday in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, police and medical sources said.

The deadliest blast took place in a car park outside the Mustafa prayer hall, or husseiniya, in the city's southwest, where a car bomb killed four worshippers and wounded 15 others after they had finished prayers.

Three roadside bombs near the Zahraa husseiniya in west Kirkuk wounded four people, while a roadside bomb near the Jaafar al-Sadeq husseiniya in the city's south caused no casualties.

Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) jihadists who overran swath of northern and western Iraq last month have not taken Kirkuk.

Kurdish peshmerga forces moved in during the chaos but bombings and shootings are still common.

ISIS considers Shiites heretics.

 

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