Mortar attack kills 8 people in Iraq 
Mortar shells landed near mosque as worshippers were leaving after end of Friday prayers - AP

BAGHDAD: Authorities in Iraq say mortar fire targeting a Shiite mosque has killed eight worshippers in a town north of Baghdad.

Police officials say the attack took place Friday afternoon in the town of Muqdadiyah when several mortar shells landed near the mosque as worshippers were leaving after the end of Friday prayers.

Muqdadiyah is 90 kilometers (60 miles) north of Baghdad. The mosque was partially damaged.

Police and hospital officials said at least eight people were killed and 21 others were wounded. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk to media.

Nobody immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks, but Sunni Islamic militants frequently attack Shiites, whom they consider heretics.

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