Just in: Terror attack kills 20, wounds 50 at Muslim holy site

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Ramadan is now over, the but the wave of Islamist violence we saw surge during it hasn’t toned down. While we suffered our worst mass shooting in our nation’s history in a terrorist attack, it became clear by ISIS’ other attacks that even Muslims weren’t to be spared. Just the other day, an ISIS truck bombing in Baghdad has killed at least 300.

Just days later, the country has suffered another Islamist attack. Fox News reports:

At least 20 people were reported killed and 50 others were wounded in an attack on a Shiite Muslim mausoleum north of Baghdad Thursday.

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Reuters, citing Iraqi security sources, reported that the attack began when a suicide car bomb exploded at the gate of the Mausoleum of Sayid Mohammed bin Ali al-Hadi in Balad. 

After the initial explosion, Reuters reported that gunmen stormed the site and began shooting at pilgrims visiting for the Eid al-Fitr festival, which marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

While no group has yet taken credit for the attacks, this is a similar attack to the one ISIS carried out days ago. Not only in the type of attack (suicide bombing), but also who it targeted (the nation’s Shiite minority).

[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]

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