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Suicide Blast Targets Shi'ite Mosque In Iraq

16 September 2005 -- A suicide car bomb exploded outside a Shi'ite mosque in central Iraq today, killing at least 12 people and wounding 21 others.

The attack in the town of Tuz Khurmatu, some 210 kilometers north of Baghdad, was the latest in a series to target Shi'ites, including car bombings on 14 September that killed more than 150 people in Baghdad.

In the capital, at least two Iraqis were killed and more than 10 injured today when armed men in vehicles opened fire on a crowd of laborers.

The same gunmen later fired on a vehicle carrying officials from the Transportation Ministry, killing one and wounding at least one other.

In Iskandariyah, 60 kilometers south of Baghdad, senior regional official Amir al-Khafaji was assassinated along with four bodyguards in a night raid on his home.

In the nearby village of Hasswa, a suicide car bomber killed three policemen and injured six others.

(compiled from news agencies)

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