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Blast kills 20 inside Iraqi mosque

2013-01-23 19:47

Baghdad - A suicide bomber killed at least 20 people inside a Shi'ite mosque in northern Iraq on Wednesday after detonating his explosives in the middle of a crowded funeral ceremony.

The attack on a sensitive religious target came as Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki faces pressure from mass Sunni protests that are heightening fears the Opec country risks sliding back into widespread sectarian confrontation.

"A suicide bomber at one mosque killed and wounded tens of people. We don't know who is behind this," Amin Aziz, deputy governor of Salahuddin province, told Reuters.

"We don't have a clear toll yet."

Police, who were still rescuing victims from the bomb site, said at least 20 were killed and 35 more wounded in the attack on Tuz Khurmato, a religiously and ethnically mixed city 170km north of the capital Baghdad.

A year after the last US troops left the country, Sunni Islamist insurgents tied to al-Qaeda still carry out major bomb attacks to stir up the kind of Shi'ite-Sunni confrontation that killed thousands in 2006-2007.

Maliki, a Shi'ite, is struggling to calm weeks of protests by Sunni while his fragile government, split among the Shi'ite majority, Sunnis and ethnic Kurds, is deadlocked in a crisis over power sharing.

Comments
  • raymond.mcnelly - 2013-01-23 20:31

    Better there than in a busy market, bus or restaurant. Poetic justice?. I believe Achmed had the same problem..

  • fidel.uncensored - 2013-01-24 08:43

    People are not considering the forces the US unleashes, destroying generations of societal structures especially, in Iraq. They didn't just defeat their army, they then disbanded it, further humiliating Iraqis ,plus ensuring a million pissed off young men with military training and weaponry were unemployed wandering about primed for terror. But it is the destruction of the infrastructure that will caused deaths for decades to come, disease exacerbated by the flight of medics will mean this will run and run. Just look at Libya, another rat invested, trash strewn and half destroyed warring nation, and Nato helped make it that way. As if that were not enough, they want to do the same thing in Syria, followed by Iran. Genghis Khan in his finest hour never oversaw anything on a par with today's mindless savagery by western powers.

      gary.landman - 2013-01-24 22:25

      I know you like it when I talk to you.. People are not considering the forces the US unleashes, destroying generations of societal structures especially, in Iraq. (What makes these stuctures so special? Saddam himself saw fit to destroy most of those) They didn't just defeat their army, they then disbanded it, further humiliating Iraqis ,plus ensuring a million pissed off young men with military training and weaponry were unemployed wandering about primed for terror. (Most Iraqi's were conscripted by orce and were too glad to get out of the Saddam military. Its only the radical muslims who are armed to the teeth and primed for terror. Just read the headline and you will see it does not say "Ex Soldiers set blast..") But it is the destruction of the infrastructure that will caused deaths for decades to come, disease exacerbated by the flight of medics will mean this will run and run. (Medics flee because of the danger posed by extremists against western trained people) Just look at Libya, another rat invested, trash strewn and half destroyed warring nation, and Nato helped make it that way. (It was always rat infested.. the NATO inhereted that) As if that were not enough, they want to do the same thing in Syria, followed by Iran. (No, if Syria and Iran would stop killing their own people and threatening other countries..) Genghis Khan in his finest hour never oversaw anything on a par with today's mindless savagery by western powers. (G.K the mass murderer?)

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