Mortar attacks kill 27 people in Iraq’s Diyala

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Baghdad: A series of mortar attacks on the capital of Iraq’s Eastern Province of Diyala has killed 27 people and injured more than a dozen others. According to Press TV, Iraqi officials said on Thursday that the attacks targeted residential buildings in various parts of the city of Baqubah.

The mortar rounds landed in four neighborhoods of Baquba, including Katun al-Rahmah, al-Mefraq, al-Hadid and Jaraf al-Malah. No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Provincial Governor Abdullah al-Hayali says an investigation has been launched into the attacks which he said inflicted heavy “material damage” on a number of residential buildings.

An earlier statement by al-Hayali had put the death toll from the attack at 13, saying 28 people were injured.

Iraq has been grappling with a deadly insurgency since the summer of 2014 when the Takfiri group ISIL seized control of someterritories west and north of the Arab country. The terrorist group has claimed dozens of bombing attacks on areas outside of its control across Iraq, including those in central and eastern provinces.

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