Sepcial Report: Tension accelerates in Iraq
BAGHDAD, April 6 (Xinhua) -- At least 10 people were
killed and over 40 others injured in a car bomb attack in Iraq's southern Shiite
city of Najaf on Thursday, a police source told Xinhua.
|Local men view the destruction after a powerful car bomb exploded in the holy Iraqi city of Najaf, April 6, 2006. (Photo: Xinhua/Reuters)|
The car bomb exploded just a few hundred meters from
the Imam Ali shrine, one of the most holy Shiite sites, said the source, adding
that the mosque did not suffer damage.
The blast came amid a backdrop of soaring sectarian
violence touched off by the Feb. 22 bombing of a key Shiite mosque in the
northern Iraqi town of Samarra.
Thursday's bombing in the holy Shiite city of Najaf
might elicit more sectarian reprisal attacks and has dealt another heavy blow to
efforts toward the formation of a new coalition government tin Iraq, raising
fears for civil war.
Iraqi Shiite, Kurdish and Sunni leaders have still
been haggling over the make-up of the new government, almost four months after
the December general elections.
Thursday's bomb attack came as the trial of former
Iraqi president Saddam Hussein and his seven aides on charges against humanity
resumed in a Baghdad court.
A senior judge under Saddam regime was cross-examined
over accusations of issuing death sentences of 148 Shiite men in then orthern
village of Dujail after an assassination attempt on Saddam's life near the
village in 1982.
After a two-hour session, the court decided to
adjourn the trial to April 12. Enditem