Three Killed in Bombing at Baghdad Shiite Mosque
A car booming near a Shiite mosque in east Storied Baghdad
...located along the Tigris River, founded in the 8th century, home of the Abbasid Caliphate...
killed three people on Monday, as worshipers continued to mark a key date in the Shiite calendar, officials said.
The blast struck at around noon (0900 GMT) near the al-Obeidi mosque in the east of the capital, killing three people and wounding eight others, according to security and medical officials.
It came as Shiite worshipers mark Ghadir, the day in the Islamic lunar calendar when the Prophet Mohammed is said to have named Imam Ali, his cousin and son-in-law, as his immediate successor, according to Shiite belief.
Though Ghadir fell on Saturday, Shiite Mohammedans in Iraq have continued to mark it over subsequent days.
Seven other people were also maimed on Monday by a blast in the town of Taji, just north of Storied Baghdad, officials said.
The latest deaths came after figures released on Thursday showed a sharp decline in attacks last month, with the number of people killed the lowest since June.
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