Upwards of 22 people were killed and another 41 were wounded on Saturday afternoon as a result of a terrorist's suicide bombing during a funeral near Iraq's city of Mosul, which is the capital city of the Nineveh province, a Middle East terrorism analyst told Law Enforcement Examiner.
The terror attack occurred when a suicide bomber detonated an improvised explosive device (IED) contained in his vest at a funeral of the Iraqi minority of al-Shabak in the town of Baashiqa, northeast of Mosul, the counterterrorism source, Ronald Lambert, said.
The al-Shabak Iraqis are a Shiite minority group living in Iraq's northern province of Nineveh, particularly, around Mosul. The death toll may increase since several of the wounded are in critical conditions, the source said.
Iraq is witnessing its worst eruption of violence since the U.S. pulled out all American troops. There are many who fear that the Arab country is sliding back to the full-blown civil conflict that peaked in 2006 and 2007, with death toll sometimes exceeding 3,000, Lambert noted.
In addition, three members of the Iraqi military were killed and 30 soldiers were wounded when a suicide bomber using a truck blew up an army recruiting office near the city of Kirkuk on Thursday, according to the career counterterrorist.
The suicide bomber drove the truck into the entrance of a military base in northwest Kirkuk. The terrorist bomber attempted to detonate his truck bomb near a group of young men lining up at the entrance of the base to sign up to become recruits, but the Iraqi security guards opened fire the bomber, forcing him to blow up the IED outside of the entrance, said Lambert.
According to the Washington Post, in the four months since the Iraqi al-Qaeda group changed its name to reflect its growing ambitions, it has forcefully asserted its presence in some of the towns and villages captured from Syrian government forces. It also has been bolstered by an influx of thousands of foreign fighters from the region and beyond.