Iraq Sunni mosque blasts kill 18
Construction workers remove debris from the Ali al-Hadi shrine in Samarra in 2008. SAMARRA, Iraq September 20- Two bombs tore through worshippers gathering for prayers at a Sunni mosque in Iraq on Friday, killing 18 people, while three died in other attacks, officials said. Militants have carried out numerous attacks on both Sunni and Shiite mosques this year, raising fears of a return to the all out sectarian conflict that peaked in 2006-2007 and killed thousands of people.
The February 2006 bombing of a Shiite shrine in Samarra itself sparked the wave of brutal sectarian violence that plagued Iraq in past years. The blasts came a day after the bodies of 10 young men who had been shot dead were found in Baghdad, another reminder of the sectarian conflict, during which militants frequently carried out summary executions.
Also on Friday, mortar rounds killed a young girl west of Samarra and wounded two members of her family. And gunmen kidnapped and killed a soldier in the northern province of Kirkuk, while a roadside bomb north of the city of Baquba killed one person and wounded three.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at CapitalFMSimilar Stories