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At Least Nine Dead In Twin Bombing At Iraqi Mosque

At least nine people have been killed and 55 wounded by a twin bombing near a mosque in northern Iraq.

The explosions in Tuz Khurmato, a mainly ethnic Turkoman city 170 kilometers north of Baghdad, occurred in close succession on November 23 near a Shi'ite mosque that is surrounded by a market.

One of the explosions was reportedly a car bomb.

It is the fifth major bomb attack in Tuz Khurmato since October 2012.

Meanwhile, in Baghdad, Sunni leaders announced the closure of the sect's mosques to protest the "targeting of and injustice against Sunni clerics, mosques, and worshippers."

The closure order was reportedly observed by several mosques.

According to UN estimates, 979 people were killed in attacks in Iraq last month.

Based on reporting by AFP, dpa, and AP