Iraqi insurgents armed with bombs destroyed a Sunni Arab shrine near the volatile city of Baqouba on Thursday, police said, in an apparent reprisal attack less than a week after similar bombings heavily damaged six Shiite shrines in the area.
The attack was carried out early in the morning, resulting in no casualties, but desecration of the holy sites occurred in a mixed Sunni Arab-Shiite region of the country where sectarian tensions are running high.
In Thursday's strike, hidden bombs exploded inside the small Sharhabil bin Hassan shrine in Kanan, a small town about 20 kilometers northeast of Baqouba, police said on condition of anonymity out of concern for their own security. The building was destroyed, police said.
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