Officials: 29 Dead in Suicide Bomb in Iraq Mosque

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
38 people injured in deadly bomb attack in Baghdad

A man inspects bloodstained copies of the Koran a day after a blast occurred inside Umm al-Qura mosque in Baghdad's Ghazaliya district Aug. 29. A suicide bomber posing as a beggar detonated his explosives inside a main Baghdad Sunni mosque on Sunday, killing 28 people, including an Iraqi lawmaker, and wounding more than 30 others, hospital and local officials.

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi police and hospital officials say 29
worshippers have been killed by a suicide bomber who blew himself
up inside Baghdad's largest Sunni mosque during prayers.

Officials say 38 more people were injured in the strike on the Um al-Qura mosque during Sunday night prayers in the western Baghdad neighborhood of Al-Jamiaah.

They said parliament lawmaker Khalid al-Fahdawi, a Sunni, was
among the dead.

The mosque attack is reminiscent of a 2006 attack on a Shiite shrine in the Sunni city of Samarra that fueled widespread sectarian violence and nearly ignited a nationwide civil war.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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