Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Incendiary! / Middle East & Africa / Iraq - Attack on Shia shrine in Iraq sparks angry protests: "the most revered shrines in Shia Islam sparking nationwide protests and sectarian reprisals against Sunni mosques despite appeals for calm from government and religious leaders.

Wednesday's early morning blast at the Askariya shrine in Samarra, 150km north of Baghdad, devastated the tombs of the tenth and eleventh of the 12 Imams believed by Shia to have been infallible successors to the prophet Mohammad.
Early reports suggested armed insurgents, possibly in Iraqi police uniforms, entered the shrine and left explosives. US troops and Iraqi police cordoned off the area and began house-to-house searches. "

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