27 killed in Baghdad blasts

BAGDAD: A string of bomb attacks targetting Shiite Muslim worshippers as they emerged from mosques across Baghdad on Friday killed 27 people and wounded more than 50, security officials said.

The six apparently coordinated blasts occurred outside mosques and prayer centres in and

around the capital, including one frequented by followers of radical Shiite cleric Moqtada

al-Sadr, they said.

The worst attack was in the northeastern Baghdad district of Al-Shaab, where a car bomb killed 21 people and injured 35 others, an interior ministry official said.

In twin bombings at Diyala bridge, 10 km south of Baghdad, four people were killed and

seven wounded.

Attacks in Zafaraniyah and Kamaliyah neighbourhoods killed one person each and left

six and three people wounded respectively.

A separate attack in Al-Elam in western Baghdad injured four.