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Najaf attack 'kills at least 10'

BBC | April 6 2006

A car bomb has exploded in the southern Iraqi city of Najaf, killing at least 10 people and injuring about 30 others, officials say.

Ambulances were heard heading to the scene, in a car park about 300m (330 yards) from the Imam Ali shrine.

The shrine is among the world's most sacred sites for Shia Muslims.

The blast comes during a deadlock over the formation of a government, thought to be partly responsible for fuelling an increase in sectarian violence.

This is the first serious bomb attack in Najaf in many months.


Witnesses told the Associated Press news agency that more than 10 cars were destroyed by the bomb.

The parking lot is near the city's massive cemetery, one of the largest in the world.

Iraqi security forces have sealed off the centre of the city and ordered people to leave the area for fear other bombs may be hidden there, the AP news agency reported.

Najaf is Iraq's holiest city for Shias, and was the scene of fighting in 2004 between US forces and those loyal to radical Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr.


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