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Muslims Blow Up More Iraq Muslim Shrines

From an elated Associated Press:

Iraq bombers hit key Samarra mosque

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press Writer

BAGHDAD – Saboteurs blew up the two minarets of a revered Shiite shrine in Samarra early Wednesday, in a repeat of the 2006 attack that shattered its famous golden dome and unleashed a wave of retaliatory sectarian violence that still bloodies Iraq. Sunni extremists of al-Qaida were quickly blamed.

The assault on the Askariya Shrine, one of the holiest in Shiite Islam, immediately stirred fears of a new round of intra-Muslim bloodshed, and prompted the 30-member bloc of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr to suspend its membership in Iraq’s parliament, threatening a deeper political crisis.

To ward off a surge of violence, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki quickly imposed an indefinite curfew on vehicle traffic and large gatherings in Baghdad. Before the curfew took hold, arsonists set fire to a Sunni mosque in western Baghdad, police said.

A Shiite shrine was also blown up north of Baghdad, while two Sunni mosques were bombed south of the capital, police said. One was destroyed and the other lost its minaret.

Iraq’s top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, called on “believers to exercise self-restraint and avoid any vengeful act that would target innocent people or the holy places of others.”

It wasn’t clear how the attackers evaded the shrine’s guards to mount the stunning operation, detonating the blasts around 9 a.m., and bringing down the two slender golden minarets that flanked the dome’s ruins at the century-old mosque. No casualties were reported.

Policemen at the shrine were subsequently detained and will be questioned as part of the investigation, al-Maliki said. Later, the Interior Ministry said members of “a terrorist group” had been arrested and were being interrogated…

This of course is how the current “civil war” in Iraq began, with the bombing of the Golden Mosque.

It looks like Iran and its puppet al-Sadr thought things needed to be re-kindled.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, June 13th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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