Last update 4/29/2011 12:20:00 PM (GMT+7)

12 killed, 40 wounded in eastern Iraq's suicide bombing

The death toll of a suicide bombing in Iraq's eastern province of Diyala has risen to 12 with 40 others wounded, local police source told Xinhua.

"The attack occurred when a suicide bomber detonated himself inside a Shiite mosque in Baladrowse town, which locates 30 km east of Baquba, capital of Diyala province," said the police who refused to be named because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

"The bombing killed 12 people and wounded another 40, all of whom are Shiites," said the source, adding police and ambulances immediately rushed to the site and blocked the ways and evacuated the victims.

Diyala province, which stretches from the eastern edges of Baghdad to the Iranian border east to the country, has long been a stronghold for al-Qaida militants and other insurgent groups since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 despite repeated U.S. and Iraqi military operations against them.

Violence and sporadic high-profile bomb attacks continue in Iraqi cities despite the dramatic decrease of violence over the last three years.