15 killed in a bomb blast in northern Iraq
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At least 15 people have been killed in a car bomb attack in a village east of Iraq's northern city of Mosul, police officials say. The bomb attack was carried out in a residential area of Al-Muwaffaqiyah, a village east of Mosul, on Thursday. On October 15, nearly a dozen people lost their lives in a blast targeting a group of worshipers as they were leaving a mosque in the city of Kirkuk after prayers marking Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice). Iraqi officials said around 20 people were also wounded in the bomb explosion. Iraq has been the scene of numerous bombings and shooting attacks over the past few months. Most of the attacks have targeted crowded places, such as mosques, markets, and cafes. According to Iraqi medical sources, the violence has taken its toll on the lives of more than 300 people since the beginning of October. On October 14, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemned the recent bombings in Iraq. "The United Nations, including the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), will continue to support the government and people of Iraq in building a peaceful, democratic, and prosperous country," Ban's spokesman said in a statement. According to the United Nations, almost 1,000 people were killed and more than 2,000 wounded in violence in Iraq in September, making it one of the deadliest months in recent years.