At least 10 dead, 35 wounded in attack near Baghdad movie theater

Baghdad, Aug 26 (EFE).- At least 10 people were killed and 35 were wounded Tuesday when a car bomb exploded near a movie theater in the Iraqi capital's New Baghdad neighborhood, the second attack in that mainly Shiite district in 24 hours.

An Iraqi police spokesperson told Efe the death toll was expected to rise because many of the wounded were in critical condition.

The explosion caused significant damage to parked cars and buildings near the movie theater.

On Monday, at least 10 worshippers were killed and 25 others were injured in a suicide attack on the Shiite mosque of Imam Ali in that same neighborhood.

The attacks followed the deaths of 70 Sunnis last week in an attack by suspected Shiite militias on a mosque in the eastern Iraqi province of Diyala.

The fresh sectarian violence comes at a time when Prime Minister-designate Haider al-Abadi, a Shiite, is attempting to form a unity government including Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds to combat jihadists with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which has seized a large swath of northern Iraq and is threatening Iraqi Kurdistan.

President Barack Obama said after authorizing airstrikes earlier this month against ISIL that that there is no "U.S. military solution" for Iraq and that only a unified, inclusive government can successfully counter the Sunni extremists.