It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
Senior Shiite political leader Abdel Aziz Hakim said the attack was the latest salvo by extremists trying to stoke civil war between Shiites and Sunnis in the run-up to the country's elections.
"It is quite obvious why there is such an attack. They are trying to create sectarian strife," he said.
The attack confirmed fears of Sunni Arab insurgents escalating their campaign against Shiites, who are expected to carry the January 30 general elections largely being boycotted by the Sunnis.