Suicide bomber kills 15 in  Iraq village 


MOSUL  (AFP) – A suicide bomber detonated a vehicle rigged with explosives in a village in northern Iraq on Thursday, killing 15 people, while two died in other attacks, officials said.The suicide bombing tore through a residential area of Al-Muwaffaqiyah, a village east of Mosul that is mainly populated by members of the Shabak minority.A bomb also exploded near the house of a Shabak family in Mosul itself, killing a child and wounding three people, while a policeman was gunned down in his home south of the city.The 30,000-strong Shabak community mostly live near Iraq’s border with Turkey.They speak a distinct language and largely follow a faith that is a blend of Shiite Islam and local beliefs, and are periodically targeted in attacks by militants.Last month, another suicide bomber targeted a Shabak funeral near Mosul, killing 26 people and wounding 46.UN envoy Nickolay Mladenov issued a statement condemning the attack in Al-Muwaffaqiyah “in the strongest terms,” saying “the United Nations pays particular attention to the protection of minority communities who continue suffering from heinous attacks, economic and social barriers.”He added that “the recent rise in violence in the Nineveh province calls for urgent action and strengthened …

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