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Suicide bomber kills 15 worshippers at Iraq mosque
BAGHDAD – A suicide bomber opened fire on worshippers during Friday prayers at a mosque in northern Iraq and then blew himself up after running out of ammunition, killing 15 people, police and hospital officials said.
The attacker walked into the Sunni mosque in Tal Afar and started firing on worshippers with an AK-47 rifle as the imam was delivering his sermon, a local police official said. Sixty-five people were wounded in the attack. When the shooter ran out of ammunition, he detonated his explosives belt, the official said.
The imam, Abdul-Satar Hassan, a member of Iraq's largest Sunni political party, was also killed in the attack, the official said. It was not immediately clear if the slain imam was the intended victim, although Sunni clerics have increasingly become targets in Iraq's sectarian bloodletting.
Recent attacks have mainly targeted ethnic minorities, possibly indicating insurgents are seeking out vulnerable, relatively unprotected targets to maximize casualties as the strapped Iraqi army focuses its efforts on more central areas of the country.
Originally posted by Legion2112
It's a sad state of affairs to have to say this, but all these insurgents have proven is that the only way there can be a lasting peace is if they're ruled by the iron hand of a bloodthirsty dictator. They're not intelletually capable of ruling themselves without killing each other.
Originally posted by SLAYER69
Somehow someway this will get twisted so it's either the CIA or Mossad's fault.
They have always been dominated as a people by one form or another of strong central control, That's all they know. Not everybody in the world is ready for an open society. Freedom of religion etc.
Originally posted by KSPigpen
What really gets me about these stories is just what I said before...isn't it all Islam? I don't want to derail your thread or anything, but it just makes me wonder how these two sect can be so violently different.