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Suicide Bombers Kill At Least 70 At Baghdad Shrine

Rescue workers remove the bodies of victims from the Al-Buratha mosque in Baghdad (epa) April 7, 2006 -- Iraqi authorities say at least two suicide bombers dressed as women killed at least 79 people at a Shi'ite shrine in Baghdad. Over 160 people were reported injured.

It was the latest in a series of sectarian blasts, following the destruction of a Shi'ite shrine in Samarra in February.

The incident followed a warning by the Iraqi Interior Ministry to avoid mosques and markets, saying it had received information that insurgents were planning attacks.

It wasn't clear who was behind the blasts.

Earlier today, radical Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr blamed U.S. and Iraqi government forces for a car bombing in Najaf yesterday that killed 10 people.

(compiled from agency reports)

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