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37 Killed By Car Bomb Near Holiest Iraq Shrine

From a thrilled Associated Press:


37 die as car bomb hits near Iraq shrine

By SINAN SALAHEDDIN, Associated Press Writer

BAGHDAD – A car bomb blasted through a busy bus station near one of Iraq’s holiest shrines Saturday, killing at least 37 people, police and hospital officials said.

The bus station bombing occurred about 200 yards from the Imam Hussein shrine in Karbala, where the grandson of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad is buried — one of the most important sites for Shiites. After the attack, hundreds of people swarmed around ambulances, crying out and pounding their chests, and attacking police who tried to clear the roadway

At least 16 children were among the dead, said Brig. Gen. Abdul-Karim Khalaf, spokesman for the Interior Ministry. Iranian and Pakistani pilgrims were also among the casualties, said an official at Al-Hussein Hospital, on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release the information…

Rioters surrounded the Karbala governor’s office and demanded his and provincial council members’ resignations, blaming them for lax security. Mobs threw stones at the governor’s office and set fire to the building

More than 168 people were wounded in the attack, said Dr. Saleem Kadhim, spokesman for Karbala health department.

Karbala, 50 miles south of Baghdad, is the destination of an annual Shiite pilgrimage. Hundreds of Shiite faithful were killed traveling back and forth to the city during this year’s pilgrimage, which took place last month

Is it just me or does there seems to be some correlation between Muslim “holiness” and terrorist attacks?

Of course there don’t seem to be many places in the area that aren’t holy. Everyone being so pious, after all.

After the attack, hundreds of people swarmed around ambulances, crying out and pounding their chests, and attacking police who tried to clear the roadway…

Rioters surrounded the Karbala governor’s office and demanded his and provincial council members’ resignations, blaming them for lax security. Mobs threw stones at the governor’s office and set fire to the building.

It’s nice to the locals are placing the blame where it belongs.

Wouldn’t want to say anything bad about the terrorists.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Saturday, April 14th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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