Friday, April 24, 2009
At least 60 people were killed and more than 125 injured this morning when two suicide bombers detonated explosive vests near the most important Shia Muslim shrine in Baghdad.
The attacks came 24 hours after a volley of explosions killed more than 80 people in Iraq’s deadliest day in months, and raised fears of a fresh wave of sectarian violence following a period of relative calm.
Today’s attack targeted Shia worshippers at the gates of the tomb of Imam Mousa al-Kazim, an important Shia saint, in the district of Khadimiya. At least 25 of the victims were Iranian pilgrims.
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A police official told Associated Press that the bombers struck shortly before the start of Friday prayers as worshippers streamed into the mosque. It was the deadliest single incident in Iraq since 63 people died in a lorry bomb blast in Baghdad on 17 June last year.
The prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, ordered a military taskforce to investigate the bombings and suspended the battalion and company commanders responsible for security in the area.
Funerals began today for the victims of yesterday’s suicide bombings in Baghdad and the Diyyala province.
This article was posted: Friday, April 24, 2009 at 9:32 am