Twin suicide bombings at a Shiite mosque in north Iraq were the deadliest in attacks nationwide that killed 15 people Saturday, amid a surge in bloodshed authorities have failed to quell.
The violence, which has killed more than 200 people in the past week alone, has forced Iraq to appeal for international help in combatting militancy just months ahead of its first general election in four years.
Officials have also voiced concern over a resurgent al-Qaeda emboldened by the civil war in neighboring Syria which has provided the jihadist network's front groups in Iraq with increased room to plan operations.
Attacks on Saturday struck mostly in the north, although Baghdad was also hit.
The deadliest violence was in Tuz Khurmatu, where a suicide car bombing followed by a suicide attack targeting a Shiite mosque killed at least 10 people and wounded 45, according to a police colonel and town mayor Shallal Abdul.
The initial blast was at 5:30 pm (1430 GMT) near the Imam Ali mosque, which is in the middle of a crowded market and near offices of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, the party of ailing Iraqi President Jalal Talabani.
Shortly afterwards, a suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance to the mosque.
“I am sure the attack was carried out by al-Qaeda,” said Abdul.
“There is major destruction and damage in the area, because it (the mosque) is located in the center of a market.”
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