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Blast rocks revered Iraqi mosque while politicians push for UN resolution

A blast ripped through one of Iraq’s most revered mosques, killing at least two people and wounding nine, as diplomats sought a deal on a UN resolution giving international legitimacy to the new interim government. Witnesses said the explosion took place Monday when a rocket hit an ammunition depot near the Great Mosque in the holy city of Kufa from which Shiite radical leader and preacher Moqtada Sadr delivers his Friday sermons. In Baghdad’s western Sunni district of Khaladiyah, another explosion damaged the Sheikh Massoud mosque after five men ordered out worshippers, saying they planned to attack a US convoy, a mosque guard told AFP. After the Kufa blast, doctor Abdul Hadi Mohamed, the head of the morgue at Najaf’s Mohamed Baqr al-Hakim hospital, said: “Two people were killed.” A medic from the nearby Furat al-Wasat hospital said nine people were also wounded, adding that more were being brought in. Full Story

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