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February 18, 2005

Blasts rock Baghdad Shia mosques

Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives

At least 18 people have been killed and dozens of others injured in twin attacks on Shia Muslim mosques in Baghdad, Iraqi security sources say.

In the deadliest blast, at least 17 worshippers are said to have died when a suicide bomber struck at prayer time.

Security had been stepped up as Shias prepare to mark the holiest day of their calendar, the observance of the Ashura festival.

It follows a period of relative calm in Iraq after regular insurgent attacks.

The blasts came as talks were due to get under way among Iraqi political parties to form a new government following January's national poll, which saw Shia parties triumph.

Posted by Hyscience at February 18, 2005 6:47 AM



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