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2 blasts kill 24 worshipers in Baghdad

Hibba Adnan, 5, is comforted by her mother in a hospital in Baghdad on Thursday. Hibba was hurt in a suicide bombing targeting Shiite worshipers leaving a mosque.

Associated Press

Hibba Adnan, 5, is comforted by her mother in a hospital in Baghdad on Thursday. Hibba was hurt in a suicide bombing targeting Shiite worshipers leaving a mosque.

BAGHDAD — Suicide bombers attacked Shiite worshipers at two mosques in Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least 24 people and injuring more than 50 in a grim reminder of the sectarian tensions that brought the country to the brink of civil war in recent years.

To the north, suspected Shiite militiamen gunned down six members of a Sunni family, including women and children, police reported.

The attacks, which came during celebrations marking the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, raise fears that al-Qaida in Iraq is trying to provoke Sunni-Shiite reprisal killings now that the last of the American "surge" troops have left the country. Such sectarian violence has dropped significantly in recent months, but many analysts fear it could flare again as Iraq confronts political problems.

In the deadliest attack, a suicide car bomber detonated his explosives about 20 yards from a mosque in Zafaraniyah in southeastern Baghdad. The blast killed 14 people, including three Iraqi soldiers, and wounded 28, police said.

The second explosion occurred in another Baghdad neighborhood. A teenage boy blew himself up about 8 a.m. at a makeshift checkpoint manned by mosque guards, officials said. At least 10 people died, including the bomber.

2 blasts kill 24 worshipers in Baghdad 10/02/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 2:31pm]
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