[QODLink]
Archive
Many die in Iraq mosque explosion

At least 25 Iraqis have been killed and about 87 wounded in a car-bomb blast targeting Ibn al-Nama mosque in the city of Hilla, south of Baghdad, police and hospital officials said.

Last Modified: 05 Oct 2005 17:23 GMT
Hilla, a mainly Shia town, has come under repeated attack

At least 25 Iraqis have been killed and about 87 wounded in a car-bomb blast targeting Ibn al-Nama mosque in the city of Hilla, south of Baghdad, police and hospital officials said.

Some others said Wednesday's deadly blast was caused by an explosive devise planted inside the mosque, Aljazeera reported.

The bomb exploded at the entrance of the Shia Muslim mosque where worshippers had gathered for prayers before the breaking of the fast on the first day of Ramadan, AP reported quoting police and hospital officials.

The explosion ripped through strings of light-bulbs and green and red flags hung around the entrance to celebrate the start of the holy month. The mosque's facade was ravaged, shops nearby were detroyed and several cars were damaged. 

Hilla, a predominantly Shia town located about 95km south of the Iraqi capital, has been the scene of frequent deadly attacks by anti-government fighters.
 
Police were trying to determine whether Wednesday's blast was caused by a car packed with explosives or a bomb left at the scene, police spokesman Captain Muthanna Khaled Ali said.
 
Faithful targeted

When the blast hit just before 6pm, the faithful had come to the Ibn al-Nama mosque for prayers before returning home to eat the meal that ends the day's sunrise-to-sunset fast, Ali said.

The attack came five days after a car bomb exploded in a crowded Hilla market, killing 10 people, including three women and two children in Hilla.

In other incidents, an Iraqi police officer of the rank of lieutenant-colonel was killed and two other policemen wounded in two separate attacks by armed fighters in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, Aljazeera reported quoting police sources on Wednesday.

Also, police found the body of an Iraqi who was hanged east of the city.

Source:
Aljazeera + Agencies
Topics in this article
City
Featured on Al Jazeera
As Western stars re-release 1980s charity hit, many Africans say it's a demeaning relic that can do more harm than good.
At least 25 tax collectors have been killed since 2012 in Mogadishu, a city awash in weapons and abject poverty.
Tokyo government claims its homeless population has hit a record low, but analysts - and the homeless - beg to differ.
3D printers can cheaply construct homes and could soon be deployed to help victims of catastrophe rebuild their lives.
Featured
Pro-Russia leaders' election in Ukraine's east shows bloody conflict is far from a peaceful resolution.
Critics challenge Canberra's move to refuse visas for West Africans in Ebola-besieged countries.
A key issue for Hispanics is the estimated 11.3 million immigrants in the US without papers who face deportation.
In 1970, only two mosques existed in the country, but now more than 200 offer sanctuary to Japan's Muslims.
Hundreds of the country's reporters eke out a living by finding news - then burying it for a price.