During Ramadan no less. Isn’t the religion of peace just peachy!?
2 bombings hit Shiites in Baghdad32 are killed in attack that hits shoppersSaturday, September 13, 2008Tina SusmanLos Angeles Times
Baghdad — Two bombings, including one that killed as many as 32 people, tore through crowds Friday north of Baghdad, where Iraqi and U.S. officials say the insurgent threat is the most severe.
Both attacks targeted Shiite Muslims and appeared to be the work of Sunni insurgents. They struck on the Muslim day of rest, when people tend to let their guard down. The worst attack was shortly before sunset in Dujail, about 40 miles north of Baghdad, when the streets were crowded with people shopping for the evening breaking of the fast, which Muslims are observing from sunup to sundown during the month of Ramadan.
A car laden with explosives exploded outside Dujail’s central police station. There were varying accounts of the death toll, with some Iraqis officials putting it at 32 and U.S. military officials saying they had reports of 23 deaths.
Dozens were reported wounded, and at least two of the dead were policemen.
Earlier, a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a Shiite mosque in Sinjar, in northern Iraq near the Syrian border. At least two worshippers died and 15 were wounded when the bomber detonated his vest as they left the mosque after prayers. Although much of Iraq is relatively stable, areas north of the capital continue to be plagued by bombings, a sign of what U.S. officials have called al-Qaida in Iraq’s ability to replenish its forces with foreign fighters and evade a series of military offensives.
Original story found in The Plain Dealer