BAGHDAD â€” At least 28 people were killed, including a member of parliament, and 37 others were wounded when a suicide attack targeted a major Sunni mosque in west Baghdad Sunday night.
The explosion was inside Um al-Qura mosque, the headquarters of the Sunni endowment during the prayers of the last days of Ramadan, when attendance is up. Police confirmed that children were among the casualties.
Khalid al-Fahdawi, a lawmaker from the al-Wasat Coalition (the Middle Coalition), was among the dead.
Police said the suicide bomber used explosives hidden under a splint and tried to be as close as possible to the head of the Sunni endowment, Ahmed Abdul Ghafour al-Samarrai, who was injured in the attack.
In a phone call with one of the Iraqi satellite channels after the attack, al-Samarrai accused al-Qaida of mounting the attack. No group claimed responsibility.
A civilian was killed and 15 other people, including security personnel, were wounded in four other attacks targeted security forces and civilians throughout Baghdad.