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Iraq blast kills Sunni worshippers

ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION A bomb exploded outside a Sunni mosque in the northern oil-rich city of Kirkuk as worshippers were leaving after Eid prayers on Tuesday (October 15), killing eight people, police and medics said. Eleven people were wounded in the blast, at Al-Dhubat in Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of the capital Baghdad. The violence is part of a sustained campaign of militant attacks since the start of the year that has prompted fears of wider conflict in a country where ethnic Kurds and Shi'ite and Sunni Muslims have yet to find a stable power-sharing compromise. Sunnis started Eid al-Adha on Tuesday (October 15), while Shi'ites begin observing Eid on Wednesday (October 16). No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but insurgents have been regaining strength in recent months, recruiting from the country's Sunni minority, which resents Shi'ite domination since the U.S.-led invasion of 2003.

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