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Gingersnap
07-31-2009, 04:42 PM
Bombs Outside Mosques in Baghdad Kill at Least 29

By SAM DAGHER
Published: July 31, 2009

BAGHDAD — Bombs exploded near five Shiite mosques around Baghdad within 45 minutes on Friday as worshipers attended prayer services, killing at least 29 people in what appeared to be a coordinated attack against followers of the anti-American cleric Moktada al-Sadr, Iraqi officials and a Sadr aide said.

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The site of a car bomb explosion near a Shiite mosque in Baghdad on Friday.
The bombs, which the police said were hidden just outside the mosques, tore through the Friday calm in five predominantly Shiite working-class neighborhoods, three of them on the east side of the city, one in the south and one in the north.

A total of 136 people were reported wounded in the attacks, all of which took place between 12:45 p.m. and 1:30 p.m., according an official from the Interior Ministry who spoke under customary condition of anonymity.

Officials said that highest death toll was outside the Shuroofi mosque in the north, in the district of Shaab. Once controlled by a militia loyal to Mr. Sadr, the mosque had in recent years been taken over by the national police, so Sadr loyalists pray outside in the street. Initial reports indicated that 23 people died in the attack and 107 were wounded.

Shortly after the bombing, prayer mats, beads, shoes and umbrellas used for shade from the midday sun were scattered along the street. Women wailed. Witnesses said the explosion had been caused by a bomb hidden in a parked car on a road where several hundred people had gathered to pray.

“It is a horrific scene,” said Ali Riyadh, 18, who had been attending the prayers and was wearing a white robe stained with blood from people he had helped rescue. “People lost their limbs, and some had their faces blown off. I haven’t seen anything like this.”[/QUOTE]

NYT (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/01/world/middleeast/01iraq.html?bl&ex=1249185600&en=4471c2bd2228cd55&ei=5087%0A)

Elspeth
07-31-2009, 06:42 PM
That's not a good sign for law and order.

PoliCon
07-31-2009, 07:59 PM
Notice that the attacks are aimed at getting the anti-American groups riled up.