October 2, 2008

Two Suicide Bombings Kill 21 in Baghdad

Suicide bombers struck two Shiite mosques Thursday, killing at least 20 worshipers during early morning prayers in two areas of Baghdad, Iraqi officials said.

The attacks occurred as Muslims were marking the end of the Ramadan fasting month.

A suicide car bomber killed nine people and wounded 30 at a Shiite assembly hall in the Zafaraniya district, while a teenage boy detonated a device at a mosque in New Baghdad, killing 12 and wounding 26, sources told KUNA, the Kuwaiti news agency.

In Diyala province in northeastern Iraq, gunmen killed six people when they opened fire on a minivan, KUNA said.

The Eid al Fitr feast is celebrated at different times by Sunnis and Shiites at the end of Ramadan.

Last Sunday, five bomb attacks struck Baghdad, three of them aimed at civilians who were holiday shopping or otherwise outside, The New York Times reported. Security sources said at least 27 people were killed and 84 wounded.