- Title: IRAQ: INSURGENTS BLOW UP SHI'ITE MOSQUE IN BAGHDAD.
- Date: 4th February 2005
- Summary: (BN06) BAGHDAD, IRAQ (FEBRUARY 4, 2005) (REUTERS) 1. GV/CU: EXTERIOR OF MOSQUE; CLOSE OF SIGN READING AL-TAWHEED HUSSAINIYAT AND MOSQUE (2 SHOTS) 0.10 2. GV/PAN/GV/CU: DAMAGED FURNITURE AND DEBRIS INSIDE BLOWN UP MOSQUE; OVERTURNED CHAIR AND FLOOR COVERED WITH RUBBLE; WALLS POCKMARKED WITH SHRAPNEL; DAMAGED CEILING; PILES OF BROKEN BRICKS AND TORN PICTURE OF SHI'ITE CLERIC; RUBBLE (7 SHOTS) 0.49 3. SOUNDBITE (Arabic), SAMIR HUSSEIN, GUARD OF MOSQUE, SAYING: "Attackers entered the mosque, we do not know them. They are traitors who do not know Islam and the value of Islam. (they did this) Because this is a mosque and a hussainiya that carry the name of (Imam) al-Hussein." 1.03 4. GV: GV: PEOPLE STANDING OUTSIDE MOSQUE 1.10 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 19th February 2005 12:00
- Location: BAGHDAD, IRAQ
- Country: Iraq
- Reuters ID: LVAE1QJG3ERBUE8SZ34HV4HP0D4H
- Story Text: Masked insurgents blow up a Shi'ite Mosque in
northwest of Baghdad, in the latest attack on Shi'ites.
Masked insurgent blew up a Shi'ite Mosque on Friday
(February 4) in northwest of Baghdad, the latest to target
Shi'ites, Iraq's long-repressed majority.
Witnesses said masked men came early in the morning and
ringed the Mosque and the Hussainiya of al-Tawheed in the
the Shi'ite- dominated neighbourhood of Al-Hurriya with
explosives and then blew it up.
No one was hurt as there were no people in the mosque
at the time of the explosion that caused severe structural
damage to the mosque. Witnesses said one of the guards of
the mosque was tied up by the attackers outside the mosque
and the other managed to run away before the explosion.
"Attackers entered the mosque, we do not know them.
They are traitors who do not know Islam and the value of
Islam. (they did this) Because this is a mosque and a
hussainiya that carry the name of (Imam) al-Hussein," said
mosque guard Samir Hussein.
A number of Shi'ite mosque were blown up by attacks in
Baghdad and Baquba to the north of the capital.
Iraq's 60 percent Shi'ite majority voted in large
numbers in Sunday's polls but many Sunni Arabs, who
dominated Iraq under Saddam, stayed away.
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