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Sectarian violence plagues Baghdad

07-08-2010 18:59 BJT

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Sectarian violence has marred Iraq for two straight days. At least five people were killed on Thursday by bombs targeting pilgrims taking part in the final day of a Shi'ite religious holiday. This comes after 50 people were killed the day before. Analysts say the insurgents are trying to re-ignite the age-old conflict.

On Thursday, four people died in eastern Baghdad when a roadside bomb exploded, while a car bomb in southern Baghdad killed the fifth person.

Thursday's violence came after over 50 people were killed in attacks across the capital on Wednesday.

In the deadliest single attack, 32 people were killed and more than 90 injured, near an important holy shrine in the predominantly Sunni neighborhood of Azamiyah.

Eyewitness Abu Sajad said, "A suicide bomber blew himself up here in Azamiyah district. What crime have the pilgrims committed? They were heading to the holy shrine of Imam Kadhim."

The militants were able to strike even as security forces were on high alert in the capital, as Shiite pilgrims from all over Iraq converge on the mosque to mark the anniversary of the imam's death.

Though violence has dropped across Iraq, religious processions, holy sites and security forces are still regularly targeted by insurgents trying to re-ignite sectarian bloodshed that had the nation teetering on the brink of civil war from 2005 to 2007.

Editor:Zhang Ning |Source: CNTV.CN

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