At least 35 people have been killed, after suicide bombers and gunmen, reportedly Islamic State militants, attacked a shrine, in Iraq.
Suicide bombers and gunmen have killed at least 35 people at a Shi’ite shrine in Iraq, which Islamic State militants have claimed responsibility for carrying out.
At least one bomber blew himself up outside the mausoleum of Sayid Mohammed bin Ali al-Hadi, in Balad, which was then stormed by gunmen, officials described. Another bomber blew himself up among fleeing worshippers, reports said.
Worshippers were marking the Eid al-Fitr festival, celebrating the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, when the site came under mortar fire.
A third bomber was shot dead before he was able to detonate his explosive vest, reports said. About 50 people were wounded in the attack, police and medical sources say.
It came four days after IS carried out the deadliest bombing in Baghdad, 45 miles (70km) south of Balad, since the 2003 US-led invasion. The death toll from Sunday’s suicide bombing in Baghdad has again been raised, from 250 to 292.