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Twin blasts kill three in Pakistan's Karachi

At least three people were killed and 30 injured in twin bomb blasts targeting Shiite Muslims in Pakistan's port city of Karachi on Tuesday, officials said. The blasts occurred as Shiites observed the 40th day of mourning of the martyrdom of Hussain, the grandson of prophet Mohammad. The first blast came near the wall of a Shiite mosque in Orangi Town, a bustling western suburb, followed by another powerful explosion a short distance away. An official from Abbasi Shaheed Hospital said three bodies were brought to the hospital along with 30 injured.

Middle East unrest fuels Sunni-Shiite rift

Relations between Sunni and Shiite Muslims in the Middle East could plunge to new lows as the violence in Syria worsens and sectarian rhetoric looms in upcoming Iraqi elections, experts say. Fears of worsening ties came as Shiites commemorated an anniversary of the symbolic split between them and Islam's other main branch, and in the aftermath of a twin suicide bombing last week at the Iranian embassy in Beirut which was claimed by an Al-Qaeda-affiliated group and killed 25 people. Bombings and shootings also continue to plague Iraq.

Shiites flood Iraq shrine as bombs kill 17 worshippers

Shiite Muslims from around the world thronged an Iraqi shrine city on Thursday amid heavy security after attacks killed 17 worshippers during annual commemoration rituals often targeted by Sunni militants. The Ashura ceremonies, which mark the death of a venerated figure in Shiite Islam, come amid a months-long surge in violence nationwide that has forced Baghdad to appeal for help from Washington in combating militancy.

Iraq attacks kill 30 ahead of Shiite pilgrimage

Attacks in Iraq -- including twin suicide blasts against an army base and a car bomb targeting Shiite Muslims -- killed 30 people Thursday, a week ahead of a major Shiite pilgrimage. The bloodshed follows the start of the Islamic new year just days earlier and as Shiite Muslims converge on the shrine city of Karbala, south of Baghdad, for commemoration ceremonies, a period during which Sunni militants often try to target Shiites and the security forces.

Iraq attacks kill 11 people ahead of Shiite pilgrimage

Attacks in Iraq, including a car bomb targeting Shiite Muslims, killed 11 people on Thursday, officials said, just a week ahead of a major annual Shiite pilgrimage. The violence follows the start of the Islamic new year and as Shiite Muslims converge on the shrine city of Karbala, south of Baghdad, for commemoration ceremonies. The bloodshed is the latest in Iraq's worst violence since 2008, with more than 5,500 people dead this year despite tightened security measures and a swathe of operations against militants.

Bomb kills 12 as war-related deaths near 500,000 in Iraq

A bomb ripped through a crowd of worshippers at a Sunni mosque in Iraq, killing 12 people as a study put the death toll in the war-torn country at nearly half a million since the US-led 2003 invasion. Three children, a policeman and an army officer were among the dead from the blast in the northern city of Kirkuk on Tuesday, which also wounded 26 people, police and a doctor said. The bomb exploded as worshippers left the mosque after marking the start of the Eid al-Adha Muslim holiday.

Bomb targeting Eid worshippers kills 12 in Iraq

A bomb ripped through a crowd of worshippers as they left a Sunni mosque in Iraq Tuesday, killing 12 people, as they marked the start of the Eid al-Adha holiday. Three children, a policeman and an army officer were among the dead from the blast in the northern city of Kirkuk, which also wounded 26 people, police and a doctor said. Bodies, their clothes covered in blood, were placed in the back of a police pickup truck to be taken away, an AFP journalist reported.

Bomb targeting worshippers kills 12 in Iraq

The Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday began in Iraq Tuesday with a bomb ripping through a crowd of worshippers as they left a Sunni mosque, killing 12 people. Three children, a policeman and an army officer were among the dead from the blast in the northern city of Kirkuk, which also wounded 26 people, police and a doctor said. Bodies, their clothes covered in blood, were placed in the back of a small police pickup truck to be taken away, an AFP journalist at the scene said.

Bomb targeting worshippers kills 12 in Iraq

The Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday began in Iraq Tuesday with a bomb ripping through a crowd of worshippers as they left a Sunni mosque, killing 12 people. Three children, a policeman and an army officer were among the dead from the blast in the northern city of Kirkuk, which also wounded 26 people, police and a doctor said. Bodies, their clothes covered in blood, were placed in the back of a small police pickup truck to be taken away, an AFP journalist at the scene said.

Bomb targeting worshippers kills 11 in Iraq

A bomb ripped through a crowd of worshippers Tuesday as they left a mosque in Iraq after prayers marking the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday, killing 11 people, police and a doctor said. The blast near a Sunni mosque in the northern city of Kirkuk also wounded 22 people, the sources said. An AFP photographer at the scene said bodies, their clothes covered in blood, were placed in the back of a small police pickup truck to be taken away. Bright red blood stained the street.
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