6 killed in Baghdad polling station attack

Six people were killed and 13 others injured on Monday in an attack targeting a polling station in northern Baghdad, a security source said.

Six people were killed and 13 others injured on Monday in an attack targeting a polling station in northern Baghdad, a security source said.

BAGHDAD – Six people were killed and 13 others injured on Monday in an attack targeting a polling station in northern Baghdad, a security source said.

"A militant wearing an explosive belt blew himself up outside a polling station in northern Baghdad, leaving six dead and 13 injured," the source added.

He expected the toll from the attack to rise during the next few hours, given the "critical" condition of some of the injured victims.

The source said Iraqi policemen cordoned off the site of the attack and took the injured victims to a nearby hospital.

Iraqi policemen and army personnel on Monday started casting ballots in their country's parliamentary election, which would officially start on Wednesday.

Around 20 million Iraqi voters are eligible to vote across the country to select 328 lawmakers for a new parliament.

The parliamentary election take place amid myriad security challenges inside Iraq, particularly in the western and northern parts of the country where government forces are battling militant groups, which Baghdad links to Al-Qaeda network.

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