Residents inspect the site of a car bomb blast in New Baghdad, January 12, 2016. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily
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At least seven Sunni mosques and dozens of shops in eastern Iraq were firebombed Tuesday, security sources and local officials said, a day after 23 people were killed there in two blasts claimed by Daesh (ISIS).The rise of Daesh has exacerbated a long-running sectarian conflict in the country, mostly between the Shiite majority and minority Sunnis.At least two Sunni mosques south of Baghdad were attacked last week after a Shiite sheikh was executed in Saudi Arabia, triggering angry reactions in Iraq and neighboring Iran.At the height of Iraq's civil war nearly a decade ago, such mosque attacks often unleashed revenge killings and counterattacks across the country.Officials tried Tuesday to head off further violence, condemning the mosque attacks as well as Monday's bombings which Daesh said had targeted Shiites.Amal Omran, a Shiite member of the Diyala council, blamed the attacks on "infiltrators" seeking to smear the image of the militias.
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