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Iraq suicide bomb attack in Sunni mosque kills at least 20

At least 20 killed and dozens injured after bomber sets off explosives during a sermon in a Sunni mosque in Diyala province.

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Iraqi Sunni Muslims visit the al-Ghazali cemetery in Baghdad on the first day of Eid al-Adha on October 26, 2012. (AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

At least twenty people have been killed and around 40 have been wounded after a suicide bomber ignited himself inside of a Sunni mosque in central Iraq during midday prayers. 

The attack took place in the town of Wajihiya which is located in Diyala province, which has seen an increaisng number of dangerous attacks in recent weeks, with mosques the primary targets.

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''Terrorism is targeting all sects in Diyala mainly by attacking Sunni and Shia mosques, funerals and football fields to draw the province into a sectarian conflict. All the victims were civilians,' 'Diyala provincial councilman Sadiq al-Husseini said, according to DAWN. ''I call on all Diyala residents to show self-restraint.''

"I was in the first row of people praying. We were listening to the preacher give his sermon. Suddenly, a huge explosion shook the place," 22-year-old student Salman Ubaid told Reuters of the incident. "I fainted and later found myself lying on the floor in Wajihiyia hospital with some shrapnel in the head," he added.

It's unclear who was behind the attacks at this time, the worst such to occur over the Ramadan religious holiday. More than 2,500 Iraqis have died in violent attacks since April alone, writes the BBC, as violence escalates to levels not seen since the withdrawal of US forces in 2011. 

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