14 killed as bomb targets Iraqi cleric's office

April 23, 2010 15:28

A car bomb has targeted the main Baghdad office of an anti-US Shi'ite cleric in the deadliest of a series of attacks that killed more than 30 people on Friday, Iraqi officials said.

The violence came days after Iraqi authorities announced the killings of the top two al-Qaida in Iraq leaders in what was seen as a major blow to the insurgency.

Hospital and police officials say 14 people were killed in the attack on Muqtada al-Sadr's office compound as worshipers were leaving a mosque after Friday prayers. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

Bombings also elsewhere in Iraq killed 19 other people in one of the deadliest days the country has seen in weeks.

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