Thursday, October 02, 2008

Iraq: Big Ramadan blowout at Shiite Mosques

I guess all that fasting makes them peckish. Maybe that's why they strap on bombs and blow themselves up like crazy during the festive holiday season???

Twin suicide bombings near Shiite mosques in Iraq's capital killed 20 people on Thursday as worshippers celebrated Eid al-Fitr, which ends the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, officials said.

Another six people were shot dead in an ambush north of Baghdad.

Security officials said a suicide bomber blew himself up as he was being frisked outside the Al-Rassol mosque in Jadida, a Shiite district of southern Baghdad, killing 12 people and wounding 30. In the second attack, a bomber slammed his explosives-filled car into an Iraqi armoured vehicle at a checkpoint near a mosque in the nearby district of Zafaraniyah. The blast killed eight people, including four Iraqi soldiers, and wounded 10 worshippers.