Iraq attacks kill six, hit Christian sites
Baghdad: A spate of attacks in Iraq killed
six people and struck a church and a convent today, with one
bomb at a busy market claiming two lives as shoppers stocked
up for a Muslim holiday.
In the deadliest incident, two home-made bombs exploded
in the market in Mussayib, 60 kilometres (35 miles) south of
Baghdad, killing three men and wounding 28, including two
women and two children.
The attack occurred at around 11:00 am (0800 GMT),
police said, and came as food markets were bustling ahead of
the first day of Eid al-Adha, a festival that marks the end of
the hajj in Mecca, tomorrow.
Separately, a car bomb at a taxi and bus station in
Yusufiyah, also south of Baghdad, killed one man and left 10
people wounded, police said.
Both towns lie within a confessionally mixed region
known as the Triangle of Death because of the frequency of
attacks during the worst of the insurgency that followed the
2003 US-led invasion that toppled dictator Saddam Hussein.
Today`s fifth victim died when a magnetic "sticky bomb"
attached to his car exploded on a highway towards the east of
the capital. A passenger was wounded.
In the southern Baghdad neighbourhood of Saidiyah, a
sticky bomb affixed to a minibus killed one person and wounded
three others, police said.
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