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Blast Outside Shi'ite Mosque In Iraq Kills At Least Eight

16 September 2005 -- A suicide car bomb exploded outside a Shi'ite mosque in central Iraq today, killing at least eight people.

The attack, in the town of Tuz Khurmatu, was the latest in a series of attacks targeting Shi'a, including car bombings on 14 September that killed more than 150 people in Baghdad.

In the capital Baghdad, at least two Iraqis were killed and more than 10 injured today when armed men in vehicles opened fire on a crowd of laborers.

The same gunmen later fired on a vehicle carrying officials from the transport ministry, killing one and wounding at least one other person.

In Iskandariyah, 60 kilometers south of Baghdad, a senior regional official, Amir al-Khafaji, was assassinated along with four bodyguards in an overnight raid on his home.

In the nearby village of Hasswa, a suicide car bomber killed three policemen and injured six others.

Meanwhile, the U.S. military said nine suspected militants were killed in an overnight air strike on an abandoned school in a town in the western Anbar governorate. The military said the school was being used as a safe house and weapons cache by Al-Qaeda in Iraq.


Copyright (c) 2005. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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