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More than 180 killed, hundreds wounded in Iraqi bombings on Shiite holy day

More than 180 people were killed and hundreds wounded in simultaneous bomb attacks in two Iraqi cities on the holiest day of the Shiite Muslim calender, with some blaming US forces for lax security. Messages poured in from around the world condemning the Tuesday attacks, the worst carnage since the fall of former dictator Saddam Hussein. A day meant to be a public Shiite religious event for the first time after decades of repression turned into one of slaughter in the holy city of Karbala and in Baghdad. Iraq’s leaders declared three days of mourning and postponed the signing of a temporary constitution, scheduled for Wednesday, possibly to Friday. Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish members of Iraq’s Governing Council pointed the finger at Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi, a wanted Jordanian suspected of ties to the Al-Qaeda terror group. Full Story

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