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Sunday, October 28, 2012

At least 27 people have died in several attacks against Shiites in Iraq


At least 27 people have died in Iraq including three children, during this journey. There have been several attacks mainly directed at the Shia community, this Saturday is the second day of the Muslim Feast of Sacrifice-explained medical and security officials. These attacks, where some 85 people have been injured, have occurred since the last days of relative calm following violence in Iraq. The UN special envoy Martin Kobler, in a statement condemned the violence "horrible" and has described the attacks as "terrible crimes". The deadliest attack occurred in Baghdad, where 15 people lost their lives . In the Shiite stronghold of Sadr City (northeast), two bombs killed at least nine people dead and 32 wounded in the night, officials said. In Maamal neighborhood in eastern Baghdad, a bomb exploded in a market at 9:00 , killing at least five people, including three children and a woman. The wounded totaled 13. Large pools of blood were could be seen along the street mixed with the products of the posts, a journalist from AFP account. Near Baghdad, a bomb attached to a minibus carrying Shia pilgrims in Taji (25 kilometers north of the capital), killed five people and wounded 12 others, officials report. Also a Shiite car salesman was shot dead in the city of Mouqdadiyah, northeast of Baghdad, and three others were wounded by the explosion of a car bomb targeting a local Shiite religious foundation Khourmatou Touz. During the four days of Eid al-Adha, the Muslim feast of sacrifice, the Shiites often go on pilgrimage to the tombs of Shia Islam figures. And though these attacks have not been claimed, but the Shiite community is regularly targeted by Sunni extremists during religious festivals. In Mosul, 350 kilometers north of Baghdad, the attacks on the homes of families of the Shabak community left five dead and four wounded, including children, according to medical and security sources. "The security forces are supposed to be responsible for the protection of all citizens of Mosul," said Qusay Abbas, a member of the Council of the Shabak in Nineveh province of Mosul. "This is a very disturbing attack"The Shabak community, which has about 30,000 members, was persecuted under the regime of Saddam Hussein, and repeatedly referred to Al Qaeda after the fall of former president in 2003. In a predominantly Sunni area in western Baghdad, a double blast killed a policeman and wounded five more. Although violence has decreased significantly compared to the bloody years 2006-2007, are still very common in Iraq.

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