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Insurgent target Shia mosques in Iraq, kill 30 people

Baghdad, Nov 28:  Insurgents launched attacks against security forces and civilians in central and northern Iraq on Tuesday, killing at least 30 people  and wounding dozens, officials said. Shiite mosques in Baghdad were main targets,
India TV News Desk November 28, 2012 9:31 IST
India TV News Desk
Baghdad, Nov 28:  Insurgents launched attacks against security forces and civilians in central and northern Iraq on Tuesday, killing at least 30 people  and wounding dozens, officials said.



Shiite mosques in Baghdad were main targets, along with a city claimed by squabbling ethnic groups in a disputed northern region. The conflicts threaten the stability of Iraq following the final pullout of US military forces nearly a year ago.

Car bombs exploded near three mosques shortly after nightfall in the capital, killing 21.  

Police and hospital officials said the first exploded near a Shiite mosque following evening prayers in the Hurriyah neighbourhood, killing nine worshippers and wounding 20 others. Minutes later, another car bomb went off near Gaereat mosque, killing five people.

Later, police said a third car bomb exploded, killing seven Shiite worshippers and wounding 21 others in Shula neighbourhood in northern Baghdad.

Ali Habib, a taxi driver, said he was driving near the Shiite mosque in Hurriyah when he heard a loud explosion. He rushed to the blast site and helped take wounded to the hospital.

"The scene was horrific, with people screaming for help," he said. "Such attacks bring back memories of the darkest days of sectarian strife that took place several years ago in Iraq."

In the north, a police officer said three bombs in parked cars exploded simultaneously in the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, the largest city in the area claimed  by several ethnic groups in a dispute with the central government in Baghdad.