Gunfights at Shia religious festival 12.37, Sun Aug 20 2006


Gunfights at Shia religious festival
12.37, Sun Aug 20 2006

At least 16 people have been killed in attacks at a major Shia religious event in Baghdad.

The Iraqi Health Ministry has confirmed more than 200 people have been wounded.

The attacks took place from rooftops of buildings and houses along the route of the procession as it wound its way to the shrine of Imam Moussa Kadhim, an eighth century saint, in Kazimiyah in north Baghdad.

In the Wazeriyah area, security forces and Shia militias in flak jackets were seen exchanging gunfire with unseen assailants. Sounds of gunfire echoed in the streets, as people ran to take cover.

Reports also claimed that four alleged gunmen were shot dead by police.

Aug 16: Eight die in Baghdad market blast

http://www.itv.com/news/d397449661b9931a661293d531f4a586.html
Aug 8: Iraq: wave of bombings kills 30

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