Shi'ites bury victims of Baghdad mosque bombings

April 24, 2010 12:15

BAGHDAD — Weeping and wailing Shi'ites on Saturday buried the last of dozens of bombing victims killed while praying, and their leaders called for a three-day mourning period after the deadliest day in Iraq this year.

Shortly after dawn, a half-dozen funeral processions headed from the vast eastern Baghdad slum of Sadr City to the holy Shi'ite city of Najaf, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) to the south. Most of the devout Shiites buried their dead just hours after Friday's bombings killed 62 people across Baghdad.

Most of the Baghdad targets were Shi'ite mosques. In all, at least 69 people were killed in attacks across Iraq.

Women in black cloaks comforted crying boys in Sadr City funerals, and anguished men held posters of clerical leaders as they marched.

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