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At Least 71 Dead In Mosque Suicide Bombings

From the "Paper Of Treason," the New York Times:

Shiite Mosque in Baghdad Is Bombed

Three suicide bombers detonated their explosives today at a crowded Shiite mosque in Baghdad.

Bomb Explodes Inside a Shiite Mosque in Baghdad


BAGHDAD, Iraq, April 7 — Three suicide bombers detonated their explosives today at a crowded Shiite mosque in Baghdad as worshippers were leaving Friday prayers, killing at least 71 people and wounding 140, Iraqi officials said.

Two of the suicide bombers, both men, managed to enter the mosque before setting off their explosives, and the third, a woman, blew herself up at the building’s entrance, witnesses said.

The mosque is the religious bastion of the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq, the country’s most powerful Shiite party.

The attack came a day after a car bomb killed at least 10 people and wounded dozens in the heart of Najaf, one of the holiest centers in Shiite Islam.

In Baghdad today, the dead were taken away in pickup trucks and on handcarts as the city council issued an appeal for blood donations to treat the many wounded.

The imam at the mosque, Sheik Jalaladeen al-Sagheir, is a senior party leader who last weekend became the first high-ranking Shiite to join Sunni and Kurdish politicians in calling for Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari to step aside to end a stalemate that has prevented the formation of a new government.

Iraqi security officials said they had tightened security around the city before the blast after receiving intelligence that seven car bombings were planned to coincide with Friday prayers, The Associated Press reported. A statement released by the Interior Ministry warned citizens to "be cautious, and to avoid gatherings or crowds while leaving markets, mosques and churches."

The statement also warned that measures would be taken against "any security official who fails to take the necessary procedures to foil any terrorist attack in his area," the news service said. The ministry faces accusations of militia infiltration in its ranks…

How long before the inevitable claim that the US was behind the attack?

Of course the NYT’s photo sort of helps to give that impression anyway.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, April 7th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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