Mortar fire south of Baghdad kills 9, police, hospital sources say

Nine people were killed in a mainly Shi`ite town south of Baghdad late on Sunday by mortar fire that hit near a Shi`ite religious site, police and hospital sources said.

Reuters| Last Updated: Jul 21, 2014, 16:23 PM IST

Baghdad: Nine people were killed in a mainly Shi`ite town south of Baghdad late on Sunday by mortar fire that hit near a Shi`ite religious site, police and hospital sources said.

The sources in the town of Mahmoudiya said eight mortar rounds landed near a "husseiniya," a religious site devoted to Hussein, a martyr in Shi`ite tradition.

The source of the shelling was not immediately clear.

Two roadside bombs also exploded in the Abu Ghraib area west of Baghdad, killing five Shi`ite volunteer fighters, police and hospital sources said.

The mortar attack comes a day after the deadliest day of attacks in the capital since a Sunni insurgency overran large parts of Iraq`s north last month.

At least 27 people were killed in a wave of bombings in mostly Shi`ite Muslim areas of Baghdad.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility on Sunday for the bombings.