Shooting Kills 12 In Iraq

At least 12 people have been killed, and a further 25 wounded, following a shooting, at a cafe in northern Iraq.

Three gunmen opened fire overnight on a cafe in northern Iraq where young men had gathered at the start of the weekend, killing at least 12 and wounding 25, police and hospital sources said on Friday.

The assailants in the predominately Shi’ite Muslim town of Balad, 80 km (50 miles) north of Baghdad, sprayed machine gun fire from their cars for around 10 minutes before speeding off.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack but the area, which was nearly overrun by Islamic State militants in 2014, remains around 40 km from a frontline held by Shi’ite militiamen.

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