Violence in Iraq Kills 58 People

Friday, April 23, 2010

At least 58 people were killed and more than 200 injured following a series of bomb explosions in Iraq on Friday morning.

The Associated Press reports that several explosions targeted Shiite mosques and the office of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in Baghdad. Another series of bombs exploded in the predominately Sunni town of Khalidiya in western Iraq.

According to The New York Times, the deadliest attack occurred near the headquarters of the political movement headed by the Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr in Sadr City. The Sadr party did well in Iraq's recent parliamentary elections. The outcome of that vote remains unclear, since no party won enough seats to claim the prime minister's slot outright.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks yet. The bombings come just five days after U.S. and Iraqi military leaders announced that they had killed three top al-Qaida leaders.



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