Terrorist Attack in Iraqi Balad Leaves 40 Dead, 75 Wounded

© REUTERS / Thaier Al-SudaniPeople gather at the site of a suicide attack at the entrance of the Shi'ite Mausoleum of Sayid Mohammed bin Ali al-Hadi in Balad, north of Baghdad, Iraq, July 8, 2016.
People gather at the site of a suicide attack at the entrance of the Shi'ite Mausoleum of Sayid Mohammed bin Ali al-Hadi in Balad, north of Baghdad, Iraq, July 8, 2016. - Sputnik International
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At least 40 people were killed as a result of terrorist attack at Shiite shrine in a city of Balad located 58 miles north of Iraqi capital, the media said Friday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the the Al Mayadeen broadcaster, 75 people were wounded.

Earlier in the day, the Baghdad-based Joint Operations Command reported on some 30 people killed and other 50 wounded as the result of Balad attack.

US soldiers from the 4th Infantry Division stand in a queue for their Christmas lunch out side a glass door where a logo of US army reading Operation Iraqi Freedom is pasted at a US base in Tikrit, 180 Kilometers (110 miles) north of Iraqi capital Baghdad, 25 December 2003 - Sputnik International
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The Sayyid Mohammed shrine was targeted by mortar fire first, following by the explosion of two suicide bombers, while the third one was killed before he could detonate his belt.

Daesh, a terrorist organization outlawed in numerous countries including Russia and the United States, is believed to be behind the attack.

On Sunday, Daesh attacked the central district of Baghdad leaving some 290 people dead and 180 injured.

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