Twin suicide bombings kill 26 at Iraq wedding




A twin suicide bombing struck a village wedding north of Baghdad in Iraq as the wedding party gathered in the evening hours, killing at least 26 people and wounding dozens.

Men's hands with wedding bands on.

Source: BBC

The attack, which took place yesterday, began when one suicide bomber wearing an explosives-laden belt walked into the wedding party assembled in an open area in Hajaj, near the city of Tikrit, about 130 kilometres from Baghdad.

The bomber detonated his explosives, only to be followed by the second attacker who blew himself up when people had gathered to help the victims of the first explosion, provincial spokesman Ali al-Hamdani told The Associated Press. He said 26 people were killed, most of them children, and up to 67 were wounded.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack but suspicion is likely to fall on ISIS, which has staged similar attacks in the past.

The wedding party was for a family that had been displaced from Iraq's western Anbar province and that is affiliated with a major anti-ISIS tribe there.

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