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Iraq Mosque, US Bases Targeted

Three bomb explosions — two of them suicide attacks — and the downing of a US helicopter marked a sharp rise in guerrilla activity in Iraq yesterday. At least three people were killed and dozens wounded. A bomb ripped through a Sunni mosque in a largely Shiite area of Baghdad, killing three people and wounding one person. The blast, which gouged a gaping hole in the mosque nestled in Baghdad’s Hurriyya district, raised the specter of sectarian tension in the country. As they searched through the wreckage, residents called the incident part of a pattern of intimidation. “We are pointing the finger of accusation at the Shiites for this act,” said Sheikh Ahmad Dabbash, who leads prayers at the damaged Ahbab Al-Mustafa mosque, and linked the blast to previous attacks on Sunni mosques in the capital. Full Story

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