Bomb kills 10 near Baghdad shrine
The LA Times reported that a car bomb exploded Sunday near a popular shrine in Baghdad taking 10 lives while injuring 18 more.
With many people present celebrating the end of the religious holiday Ramadan, a car bomb exploded at the shrine of Musa al Kadhim, an 8th century Shiite Muslim imam, Iraqi police said. The bomb tore through passing vehicles, including a minibus that was carrying passengers going to worship at the shrine. The blast killed 10 people and another 18 were injured, police said.
Of the 10 dead, at least two were women and two were children younger than 14, hospital officials said.
Karim Sami, a day laborer, that had brought his wife and child to the shrine Sunday witnessed the carbomb.
"It is very sad that the criminals responsible for such attacks would choose such a holy day and place," Sami said. "It is as if they don't want any happiness for the Iraqi people, they just want us to suffer."
The northern Kadhimiya neighborhood, the site of the shrine, has been a hotbed for violent acts by Sunni militants.
Vehicular traffic will no longer be able to pass through the area until further notice, police said following the blast.