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Baghdad car bomb kills six, hurts 29
Updated: 2005-01-21 15:58

A car bomb exploded outside a Shiite mosque in Baghdad Friday, killing at least six people and wounding 29, Iraqi police said.

The car exploded outside the al-Taf mosque in southwestern Baghdad, where Shiites were celebrating one of Islam's most important holidays, the Eid al-Adha, or Feast of Sacrifice. The feast coincides with the yearly pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

It was the second attack on a Shiite mosque in Baghdad this week. One of a series of car bombs that hit the capital on Wednesday exploded near a Shiite mosque just before noon prayers. No worshippers were hurt in that blast.

Attacks on Shiites have increased in the run-up to the Jan. 30 national elections.

Shiites strongly support the vote, while some members of the Sunni minority have called for a boycott of the balloting because of worsening security. Sunni Muslim militants have vowed to disrupt the voting.

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