6 killed, 20 wounded in Iraq bomb blast, police say

Story highlights

  • A suicide bomber wearing an explosive vest blew himself up Thursday inside a barber shop
  • 6 people were killed -- including the assailant -- and 20 wounded, police say
  • The violence comes one day after 11 people were killed in attacks across the country
  • The recent carnage also coincides with an emerging political crisis

A man wearing an explosive vest blew himself up Thursday inside a barber shop in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, killing at least five others along with him and wounding 20, police said.

The bombing occurred in al-Dawasa commercial area in central Mosul, which is located in the Nineveh province about 285 miles (380 kilometers) north of Baghdad.

In the Iraqi capital, a roadside bomb also exploded and wounded five people Thursday.

The violence came one day after 11 people were killed in attacks across the country, and two days after 36 people were killed.

In June, at least 240 people were killed in militant attacks in Iraq, according to CNN estimates.

And while the violence has dropped since the peak of sectarian strife between 2005 and 2007, Iraqi residents continue to express concerns over the stability of the country and the efficacy of its security forces.

The recent carnage also coincides with an emerging political crisis in the war-torn Middle Eastern nation, which faces an increasingly fractious legislature as Iraq's Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish political blocs seem increasing at odds.

Last week, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki warned that he could call for early elections, even though the next parliamentary elections are not scheduled until 2014, while al-Maliki's critics have threatened a no-confidence vote against him.

The Shiite prime minister has in recent months struggled to forge a lasting power-sharing agreement, and has yet to fill key Cabinet positions, including the ministers of defense, interior, and national security, while his backers have also shown signs of wobbling support.

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