First Published: 2007-06-14

 
Six Sunni mosques attacked in Iraq
 

Two more Sunni mosques bombed south of Baghdad in reprisals to bombing of revered Shiite shrine.

 

Middle East Online

Eye for eye

HILLA, Iraq - Two more Sunni mosques were bombed early Thursday in apparent reprisals after a revered Shiite shrine was damaged by suspected Al-Qaeda militants in northern Iraq, police said.

The Al-Mustafa mosque in Iskandiriyah and the Al-Bashir mosque in Mahawil, both towns located in Babil province south of Baghdad, were bombed in the early hours Thursday, Lieutenant Kamal al-Ameri of Hilla police said.

Since the attack on the Al-Askari shrine in the northern town of Samarra on Wednesday, six Sunni mosques have been attacked.

A few hours after the Samarra bombing, three mosques in Iskandiriyah - the Grand Mosque, the Abdullah Jubburi mosque and the Hatteen mosque - and the Khudair al-Janabi mosque in Baghdad's Bayaa neighbourhood, were bombed, police and local residents said.

The attacks came after militants destroyed the two minarets of the Shiite Al-Askari shrine in Samarra, the second such attack after the previous bombing of the shrine on February 22, 2006.

US officials said the minarets were blown up by Al-Qaeda.

 

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