Attack occurred during prayers; Sunni parliament lawmaker among the victims
A security guard inspects the damage at Um al-Qura mosque in Baghdad after a suicide bomber blew himself up inside Baghdad’s largest Sunni mosque Sunday night, Aug. 28, 2011, killing dozens during prayers. (Photo credit: Khalid Mohammed / AP)
By Lara Jakes
August 28, 2011
BAGHDAD — A suicide bomber blew himself up inside Baghdad’s largest Sunni mosque Sunday night, killing 29 people during prayers, a shocking strike on a place of worship similar to the one that brought Iraq to the brink of civil war five years ago.
Iraqi security officials said parliament lawmaker Khalid al-Fahdawi, a Sunni, was among the dead in the 9:40 p.m attack. …
That the bomber detonated his explosives vest inside the mosque is particularly alarming, as it is reminiscent of a 2006 attack on a Shiite shrine in the Sunni city of Samarra that fueled widespread sectarian violence and nearly ignited a nationwide civil war. In that strike, Sunni militants planted bombs around the Samarra shrine, destroying its signature gold dome and badly damaging the rest of the structure. …
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