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WAR: Attack at Baghdad mosque kills many

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posted on Feb, 18 2005 @ 05:48 AM
Clashes between the two religious groups in Iraq continue even during the islamic Shia festival of Ashura; in attack on Shia mosque at least 18 people have been killed, other reports say as much as 31 people dead and 46 wounded.
At least 31 people have been killed and dozens wounded in an attack near a Shia mosque in southern Baghdad, hospital and police sources have said.

Survivors said a man wearing a "suicide belt" blew himself up on Friday in the mosque in the Dura district of southwestern Baghdad, said a hospital official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

However, police sources said they believed Shia marking Ashura, an important religious ceremony, had been attacked by fighters outside the mosque with rocket-propelled grenades.

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The Shia is preparing for the holiest day in ther calendar, the Ashura fesival, which marks the death of prophet Mohammed's grandson, which actually widened the gap between the Shia and the Sunni islam. So I guess it is not very hard to work out, who is standing behind the attack.
Shortly after the first explosion, a second one was heard, this time not a suicide bomber, but a blast from a mortar round, fired at a mosque from afar.
Iraqi police are trying to ensure as much security as possible, trying to avoid the last year blasts in Shia mosques, which killed around 180 people.

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[edit on 18-2-2005 by Souljah]

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