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Iraq: At least 41 dead and 33 injured in suicide bombing

At least 41 people have been killed and around 33 injured in a suicide bomb attack on a Shia Muslim gathering in Baghdad.

The so-called Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack.

The explosion went off in a tent filled with people taking part in rituals for the mourning of Prophet Mohammad's grandson Hussein, who was killed in the seventh century.

The tent was set up in a crowded market in the city's northern al-Shaab district.

Earlier in the day, eight police officers were killed and 11 others injured in an initial attack in Mutaibija, south of the city Tikrit. Three IS militants were killed.

In a second attack, the wife and three children of Numan al-Mujamaie, the leader of the Ishaqi Mobilization militia, were killed when gunmen stormed his house in the northwestern town of Ishaq.


Several people killed in Tikrit car bomb attack

File photo of Tikrit, 95 miles from Baghdad. Credit: Reuters

At least 18 people, including two children, have been killed after militants attacked a police checkpoint north of the Iraqi city of Tikrit and detonated a car bomb, Iraqi officials said.

It is the first attack of its kind in the city, which lies 95 miles north of Baghdad, was retaken from so-called Islamic State in April 2015.

One of the militants was killed after shooting dead four police officers, according to police.

Two other militants detonated the car bomb seven kilometres away, killing eight people and wounding 23, sources said.


Over 1,000 RAF airstrikes carried out in Iraq and Syria

The 1,000 airstrike was carried out over western Iraq. Credit: PA

The RAF has now carried out more than one thousand combined airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has announced.

The 1,000th strike took place on Sunday August 28th during a Typhoon patrol over western Iraq.

In total, the RAF has flown over 3,000 missions in the fight against so-called Islamic State.

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