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Bombing Near Iraq Shrine Kills At Least 12 --> (RFE/RL) July 6, 2006 -- A suicide car bomb exploded near a Shi'ite shrine in Iraq's southern holy town of Kufah today, killing at least 12 people.

Some 40 people were reported wounded in the explosion in Kufah, a religious center on the outskirts of the city of Al-Najaf.

Police said the bomb went off early today close to the Shi'ite Maitham al-Tamar shrine.

Many of the victims were reportedly Iranian pilgrims.

(compiled from agency reports)

Sectarian Iraq

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SUNNI, SHI'A: Iraq is riven along sectarian lines, faults that frequently produce violent clashes and are a constant source of tension. Sectarian concerns drive much of Iraqi politics and are the main threat to the country's fragile security environment.

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