21st July 22:09
Bombs, Mortars Strike Mosques in Baghdad (prayers holy area services district)
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Bombs, Mortars Strike Mosques in Baghdad
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AP - Jul 14, 2006
Bombs, Mortars Strike Mosques in Baghdad
By KIM GAMEL
Associated Press Writer
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Bombs and mortars struck Shiite and Sunni mosques
in the Baghdad area Friday, the latest in a week of tit-for-tat
sectarian attacks that have killed more than 250 people.
The deadliest explosion came as worshippers left services at a Sunni
mosque in northern Baghdad, killing 14 people and wounding five, police
The bomb, planted near the door of the mosque, exploded during a
four-hour driving ban starting at 11 a.m. Fridays in the capital, aimed
at preventing car bombs that have frequently targeted weekly prayers.
Earlier Friday, five mortar rounds fell near the Shiite Imam al-Hussein
mosque in Balad Ruz, 45 miles northeast of Baghdad, killing two people
and wounding six, provincial police said.
Shiite clerics, meanwhile, denounced Israel's attacks on Lebanon during
Friday prayers, and hundreds of Iraqis demonstrated to show solidarity
with the Lebanese. Israel began its assault after guerrillas from the
Shiite group Hezbollah captured two Israeli soldiers in a raid inside
Thousands of Iraqis also demonstrated in the Shiite district of Sadr
City in Baghdad and the southeastern cities of Kut and Amarah, praising
the leader of Hezbollah and denouncing Israel and the United States.
Some protesters said they were ready to fight the Israelis.
"No, no to Israel! No, no to America!" demonstrators chanted in Sadr City.
"Let everyone understand that we will not stand idle," read one of the
banners carried by the demonstrators. "Iraq and Lebanon are calling.
Enough silence, Arabs," read another.
Besides the fatalities in the mosque attacks, police on Friday reported
least 34 other violent deaths, including 12 Shiites found buried in a
common grave in Tal Afar.
The discovery came after the Iraq army's 2nd brigade arrested six terror
suspects Friday in the town, 93 miles east of the Syrian border and 260
miles northwest of Baghdad.
One suspect confessed to killing the 12 civilians and told authorities
where they were buried, Brig. Nejim Abdullah said. Relatives identified
the victims as Shiites, he said.
In March, President Bush praised American efforts to stabilize Tal Afar,
saying he had "confidence in our strategy" and that success in the city
"gives reason for hope for a free Iraq."
Also Friday, Iraq's national wrestling team pulled out of a tournament
in the United Arab Emirates after its coach was killed in an attack in
Baghdad, sports reporter Sagban al-Rubaie said, acting as a spokesman
for the team.
The Sunni coach, Mohammed Karim Abid Sahib, was seized with one of his
wrestlers as they left the sports center to buy some sweets in the
northern neighborhood of Kazamiyah, where the team was preparing for the
He was shot to death while trying to escape; the other wrestler got
away, according to police and wrestling officials.
In other violence Friday:
- -Gunmen attacked an Iraqi army checkpoint on a highway near Kirkuk, in
northern Iraq, killing 11 soldiers and wounding three.
- -A taxi driver was killed in a drive-by shooting in the Dora
neighborhood in southern Baghdad.
- -Gunmen in southeastern Baghdad opened fire on a minivan carrying
passengers to the Shiite holy city of Karbala, killing five, including a
woman and a child.
- -A body dressed in traditional Arab clothing, shot in the chest and
showing signs of torture, was found in Aziziyah, 35 miles southeast of
- -In the northern city of Mosul, a suicide car bomber struck a police
patrol, killing two civilians and wounding two others; a Sunni policeman
was shot to death outside his home; and gunmen in a car killed a judge's
bodyguard, police Col. Abdul-Karim al-Jibouri said. Clashes between
gunmen and police in Mosul killed a civilian.
[Associated Press writer Bassem Mroue contributed to this report in Baghdad.]
© 2006 The Associated Press.
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