At least 30 people were killed when a Shi’ite Muslim militia opened fired inside an Iraqi Sunni mosque in the country’s eastern Diyala province on Friday, an Iraqi security source said.
The security source said at least 30 bodies had arrived at the hospital in the city of Baquba in Diyala province. Witnesses said the death toll from the attack was higher, but it was not immediately possible to verify the reports.
Such sectarian violence could hurt efforts by Iraq’s new prime minister, moderate Shi’ite Haider al-Abadi, to form a government that can unite Iraqis against Islamic State, the Sunni militants who have seized large parts of the country.
Unless this mosque was sympathetic with ISIS, this will not help matters too much.