Iraqi police: 24 killed in Baghdad bombings


The stories coming out of Iraq are practically the same day each day; only the number of vicitims change. As with all religious issues, it is difficult for me to comprehend how people with the same bloodline, from the same country can be so retarded as to blow each other up over religious beliefs which are nothing more than mythology to begin with.

Many of my friends and colleagues at the office criticize me for being an atheist. But I have yet to hear how one single person, just one, has ever been killed by a non-believer because of differences in religious ideologies. Yet the number of deaths attributed to religions throughout the ages is in the tens of millions, and rising. TGO

Refer to story below. Source: Associated Press

By CHELSEA J. CARTER, Associated Press Writer Chelsea J. Carter, Associated Press Writer

BAGHDAD - Multiple bombs have exploded near three Shiite mosques in Baghdad as worshippers were leaving Friday prayers, killing at least 24 and wounding dozens more, Iraqi police officials said.

The bombings shattered a period of relative calm in the Iraqi capital, raising to at least 303 Iraqis killed in what has been one of the least deadly months in Iraq for both Iraqi civilians and U.S. troops since the war began. Only seven American troops have been killed.

The deadliest attack Friday came when a car bomb exploded near a Shiite mosque in the northern Baghdad neighborhood of Shaab, killing at least 20 people and wounding 17 others, said two Iraqi police officials. The casualties were confirmed by a medical official.

At about the same time, near simultaneous explosions struck a Shiite mosque near the Diyala bridge, in southern Baghdad, killing four worshippers and wounding 17 others, the two officials said.

An unexploded roadside bomb was also found nearby, they said.

A roadside bomb exploded near a third mosque in the eastern Baghdad, wounding six worshippers.

The officials all spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information.

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Associated Press Writer Bushra Juhi contributed to this report.

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