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Home of Iraqi Shiite Cleric Is Bombed; 3 Die

One of Iraq’s most prominent Shiite clerics survived an apparent assassination attempt Sunday when a bomb exploded at his home in the holy city of Najaf, killing three guards and wounding 10 other people. An aide to Mohammed Saeed Hakim said the cleric was scratched in the face by debris but that his wounds were not serious. He was evacuated to a safe location, said Hamid Bayati, a spokesman for the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq. Hakim is one of several clerics who have received death threats, possibly from rival Shiite factions. But Bayati said it was too early to speculate who placed the bomb — a relatively crude device using a common cooking-gas cylinder — outside Hakim’s home. Full Story

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