Thursday, November 14, 2013

Suicide bombing, other attacks against Iraqi Shiites kill at least 41

Vancouver Sun
November 14, 2013
By Sinan Salaheddin, The Associated Press

BAGHDAD - A suicide attacker and twin bomb blasts on Thursday targeted Shiites marking a sombre religious ritual in Iraq, killing at least 41 people and wounding more than 100, officials said.

The ritual, known as Ashoura, is observed every year over a 10-day period and has been marred previously by massive attacks by al-Qaida and other Sunni extremists who see Shiites as heretics. This year, the attacks come amid an escalating campaign of violence by insurgents seeking to thwart the Shiite-led government's efforts to maintain security.



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