Friday, January 09, 2004


Note that this is a Shi'ia Mosque in a Sunni area.
At least five people have been killed and dozens injured by a bomb blast during Friday prayers at a Shi'ite mosque in the central Iraqi town of Baquba, hospital sources say.

Local police and witnessess said the bomb exploded outside a small mosque in a residential area. Officials at a nearby hospital said they knew of 39 people injured.

Witnesses gave conflicting reports about whether or not the explosion was caused by a car bomb.

Baquba, 40 miles north of Baghdad, is in a largely Sunni Muslim area which is a hotbed of resistance to the U.S.-led occupation of Iraq. U.S. forces have mounted major operations in and around the town to try to capture insurgents.

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