A shoe bomber blew himself up inside one of Baghdad's most important Shiite Mosques during Friday prayers, killing at least 10 people and wounding 20.
The Imam of the Buratha mosque in northern Baghdad, a leading politician and deputy with the governing Shiite coalition who often spoke out against the late terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, blamed al-Qaida in Iraq for the attack.
The bombing came despite a massive security operation in the capital aimed at restoring order, including a vehicle ban during Friday prayers to prevent suicide car bomb attacks.
It was the second time the mosque has been hit in just over two months.
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