13 martyred,70 injured due to bomb attacks in Shia mosques in Iraq

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Iraq
Tuesday, 21 May 2013


iraq mousqe blastThirteen people have been martyred and more than 70 injured by two bomb attacks that targeted two Shia Muslim mosques in southern Iraq, according to police and hospital sources.

Al-Wardiyah mosque and Al-Graita mosque were bombed on Monday in the city of Hilla, some 100

Iraqi security and medical sources said nine bomb explosions struck predominantly Shia districts of Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 48 people and wounding over 150 others.

One of the bombs exploded near a bus carrying Iranian pilgrims north of Baghdad, killing 13 Iranians and one Iraqi, and injuring at least 24 others.

Earlier in the day, another thirteen people were killed after a bomb went off near a market in a Shia-majority area of Baghdad.

Also on Monday, eleven people died when two massive car bomb blasts hit the city of Basra, located about 420 kilometers (260 miles) southeast of Baghdad.

The first explosion struck the Hananiya neighborhood near a busy market. The second bomb was set off inside a bus terminal in Saad Square.

The bombings came minutes after Maliki vowed to overhaul the country's security strategy amid a wave of violence that has killed hundreds of people so far in May.

No group has claimed responsibility for the blasts, but such large-scale bombings bear the hallmarks of al-Qaeda-linked militants in Iraq, which seek to destabilize the central government.

"> kilometers south of the capital Baghdad, the sources said.

Both bombings occurred during evening prayers.

Many Shia and Sunni mosques have been attacked this year across Iraq.

On Friday, two bombs went off near a Sunni mosque in Baquba, north of Baghdad, leaving 41 people dead and dozens more injured.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki called for joint Shia-Sunni prayers on Fridays in a major Baghdad mosque.
"Those who target mosques are enemies of Sunnis and Shias alike, and are planning to ignite (sectarian) strife," Maliki said.

Iraqi security and medical sources said nine bomb explosions struck predominantly Shia districts of Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 48 people and wounding over 150 others.

One of the bombs exploded near a bus carrying Iranian pilgrims north of Baghdad, killing 13 Iranians and one Iraqi, and injuring at least 24 others.

Earlier in the day, another thirteen people were killed after a bomb went off near a market in a Shia-majority area of Baghdad.

Also on Monday, eleven people died when two massive car bomb blasts hit the city of Basra, located about 420 kilometers (260 miles) southeast of Baghdad.

The first explosion struck the Hananiya neighborhood near a busy market. The second bomb was set off inside a bus terminal in Saad Square.

The bombings came minutes after Maliki vowed to overhaul the country's security strategy amid a wave of violence that has killed hundreds of people so far in May.

No group has claimed responsibility for the blasts, but such large-scale bombings bear the hallmarks of al-Qaeda-linked militants in Iraq, which seek to destabilize the central government.

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