At least 21 people were killed and nearly three dozen wounded as twin suicide bombers Thursday evening detonated their explosives inside a cafe packed with young people in Sinjar, northwestern Iraq.
Experts say the explosions, in Sinjar – a city dominated by the Kurdish speaking Yazidi minority – could be a part of stepped up efforts to stoke sectarian tensions in the country.
The blast comes close on the heels of a series of deadly attacks, resulting in nearly 150 fatalities, concentrated near the volatile northern city of Mosul and Baghdad.
Following the attack a curfew was imposed in the region and the wounded were moved to hospitals in the nearby Kurdish region.
Later in the day, at least two people were killed and 10 others wounded in an explosion in the vicinity of an eatery in a Shiite dominated locality in southern Baghdad, say media reports citing local police officials.