Twin Iraq blasts target prayers

August 24, 2012 13:59

BAGHDAD - Twin blasts in Baghdad on Friday, one exploding beside a pulpit during prayers, killed at least three people and wounded six, a Reuters witness and police sources said.

The attacks are the latest in a wave of violence that underline Iraq's struggle to overcome a stubborn insurgency eight months after US troops left.

The first bomb detonated beside the pulpit, while a preacher was leading prayers at an outdoor mosque in the mainly-Shi'ite Sadr City neighborhood. Moments later, a second device, that had been hidden under weeds amid the worshipers, exploded.

"When the explosions happened, the worshipers stood up, but [the preacher] talked to us, asking us to stay in our places and keep quiet," Abu Ahmed, a 34-year-old worshiper, told Reuters at the scene.

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