Shiites

  • Iraq: 36 Shi'ite pilgrims killed in suicide bombing 20-12-2013 11:46 AM

    Suicide bombings in Iraq killed at least 36 people on Thursday in attacks targeting Shi'ite pilgrims ahead of a major holy day next week, police said. Two years after US troops withdrew from Iraq, violence is at its highest level since 2006-7, when strife between Sunnis and Shi'ites killed tens...
  • Serial bomb blasts in Baghdad, at least 35 killed 21-11-2013 10:38 AM

    Baghdad: A wave of bombings hit mainly Shiite commercial areas in and outside Baghdad on Wednesday, killing at least 35 people, Iraqi officials said. The attacks, many of which were car bombs, were part of a surge in violence that has rocked Iraq over the past months as insurgents seek...
  • As Iraq seeks US arms, bombs kill another 55 27-10-2013 10:25 PM

    A dozen bombings in Iraq killed 55 people on Sunday as the prime minister prepares to travel to Washington to seek President Barack Obama's help in confronting a wave of sectarian violence fuelled by Syria's civil war. Killings, mostly blamed by the Shi'ite-led government on Sunni Islamists from al Qaeda,...
  • Attacks across Iraq kill at least 31, says officials 13-10-2013 09:37 PM

    A string of bombings in mostly Shiite-majority cities across Iraq, on Sunday, killed at least 31 people and wounded dozens, officials said, a grim reminder of the government's failure to stem the uptick in violence that is feeding sectarian tensions in the country. There was no immediate claim of responsibility...
  • Series of bombings and shootings across Iraq claim at least 36 lives: Police 16-09-2013 08:42 AM

    A wave of car bombs and shootings across Iraq killed at least 36 people on Sunday, police sources said. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks, which appeared coordinated, but Sunni Islamist insurgents, including an al Qaeda affiliate, have been regaining momentum in recent months. The civil war in...
  • Suicide bomber attacks Iraq funeral, killing 11 14-09-2013 11:27 PM

    Baghdad: Officials in Iraq say a suicide bomber has attacked a funeral for members of an ethnic minority in the country, killing 11 people. Police say a suicide bomber set off an explosive belt inside a funeral held by members of Shabak minority near the northern city of Mosul on...
  • 60 people killed as series of car bombs strike Iraqi capital 04-09-2013 09:02 AM

    A series of car bombs exploded across the Iraqi capital on Tuesday, killing nearly 60 people in predominantly Shi'ite districts, police and medics said. It was not immediately clear who had carried out the attacks, which appeared coordinated, but Sunni Islamist militants, including an al Qaeda affiliate, have been striking...
  • Bomb attacks kill at least 58 people in Iraq, informs official 28-08-2013 03:27 PM

    A coordinated wave of bombings tore through Shiite Muslim areas in and around the Iraqi capital early on Wednesday, killing at least 58 and wounding many more, officials said. The blasts, which came in quick succession, targeted residents out shopping and on their way to work. The attacks are the...
  • 11 killed in sectarian clash in Pakistan's Punjab province 24-08-2013 01:42 AM

    At least 11 people were killed on Friday in a sectarian clash between members of a radical Sunni Muslim group and minority Shiites in Pakistan's Punjab province. The clashes took place between Ahle Sunnat Waljamaat (ASWJ) members and the Shias. Things had heated between the rival groups following the death...
  • Thousands protest against government in Bahrain 23-08-2013 11:26 PM

    Manama: Thousands of people have taken to the streets in Bahrain to demonstrate against the government in a permitted protest in the Gulf kingdom. The demonstrators marched west of Bahrain's capital, Manama, on Friday to protest new strict new laws designed to curb dissent. Opposition parties called for the protest...
  • Car bomb kills 20, injures 120 in Hezbollah's Beirut stronghold 16-08-2013 06:52 AM

    A powerful car bomb struck the southern Beirut stronghold of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group on Thursday, killing 20 people, wounding 120 and trapping many others inside damaged buildings, witnesses and emergency officials said. The blast, a month after another car bomb wounded more than 50 people in the same district...
  • Wave of car bombings targets Iraqi Shi'ites, killing 44 29-07-2013 01:15 PM

    12 bombs exploded across Iraq early on Monday, killing at least 44 people in predominantly Shi'ite areas, police and medical sources said. At least 10 people were killed when two car bombs blew up near a bus station in the city of Kut, 150 kilometres (95 miles) southeast of the...
  • Suicide bombers on motorcycles kill 39 near Shi'ite mosques in Pakistan 27-07-2013 04:47 AM

    Suicide bombers on motorcycles blew themselves up within a minute of each other outside Shi'ite mosques in a volatile Pakistani town near the Afghan border on Friday, killing at least 39 people, officials said. Sectarian violence has been on the rise in nuclear-armed Pakistan, where hardline Sunni militant groups have...
  • Syria war widens rift between Shi'ite clergy in Iraq, Iran 21-07-2013 06:20 AM

    Najaf: The civil war in Syria is widening a rift between top Shi'ite Muslim clergy in Iraq and Iran who have taken opposing stands on whether or not to send followers into combat on President Bashar al-Assad's side. Competition for leadership of the Shi'ite community has intensified since the US-led...
  • Bombs, clashes kill at least 60 in Iraq: Officials 03-07-2013 01:50 AM

    Baghdad: Insurgents unleashed a new wave of attacks on Tuesday in Iraq, killing at least 53 people, officials said, the latest in a surge in violence across the country that has raised concerns over a return to sectarian bloodshed. Also, seven militants were killed. There was no claim of responsibility...
  • Bomb blasts in Iraq kill at least 43 people 02-07-2013 10:53 PM

    Baghdad: At least 43 people were killed in bomb attacks across Iraq on Tuesday, with nine explosions in busy markets and commercial areas of the capital Baghdad, police and medics said. The deadliest attack was in the mainly Shi'ite Muslim Shaab district of northern Baghdad, where twin car bombs killed...
  • Gunmen storm Pakistan hotel, shoot nine foreign tourists, their guide dead 23-06-2013 09:57 AM

    Islamabad: Gunmen stormed a hotel in a remote part of northern Pakistan on Sunday and killed nine foreign tourists and their guide, police and security officials said. "Unknown people entered a hotel where foreign tourists were staying last night and opened fire," Ali Sher, a senior police officer in the...
  • Iraq violence: Baghdad bomb attacks leave 25 dead 31-05-2013 06:10 AM

    Baghdad: A series of bombs battered Shi'ite and Sunni Muslim neighborhoods across Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least 25 people in the worst wave of sectarian violence since civil war five years ago. The bloodletting reflects increasing conflict between Iraq's majority Shi'ite leadership and the Sunni minority, many of whom...
  • Rockets hit Beirut after Hezbollah vows Syria victory 27-05-2013 07:06 AM

    Beirut: Two rockets hit a Shi'ite Muslim district of Beirut on Sunday, driving home the risk of spillover from Syria's civil war, after the head of Lebanese Shi'ite militant Hezbollah said it would keep fighting on the Syrian government's side until victory. It was the first attack to apparently target...
  • Attacks in Iraq kill over 40, sectarian tensions high 22-05-2013 06:34 AM

    Baghdad: A series of bomb and gun attacks across Iraq killed more than 40 people on Tuesday, a day after over 70 died in violence targeting majority Shi'ites that has stoked fears of all-out sectarian war with minority Sunnis. Nearly 300 people have been killed in the past week as...
  • Bomb attacks kill more than 70 Shi'ites across Iraq 21-05-2013 06:07 AM

    Baghdad: More than 70 people were killed in a series of car bombings and suicide attacks targeting Shi'ite Muslims across Iraq on Monday, police and medics said, extending the worst sectarian violence since US troops withdrew in December 2011. The attacks increased the number killed in sectarian clashes in the...
  • Iraq: Wave of attacks kills at least 86 in Shiite and Sunni areas 20-05-2013 10:32 PM

    Baghdad: A wave of attacks killed at least 86 people in Shiite and Sunni areas of Iraq on Monday, officials said, pushing the death toll over the past week to more than 230 and extending one of the most sustained bouts of sectarian violence the country has seen in years....
  • Iraq: Series of car bombs kills at least 31 20-05-2013 02:59 PM

    Baghdad: At least 20 people were killed by a series of car bombs in mainly Shiite districts of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, on Monday and 11 others were killed by attacks in the southern city of Basra, police and medics said. Scores of people have been killed in attacks over...
  • Suicide bomber hits Shiite mosque in north Iraq, 8 dead 16-05-2013 11:40 PM

    Kirkuk: A suicide bomber detonated his explosives inside a Shiite mosque in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Thursday, killing at least eight people as they attended a mourning ceremony, police said. The bombing followed a series of blasts on Shiite neighbourhoods in Baghdad hours earlier, part of a...
  • Series of explosions in Iraq kill 16 01-03-2013 04:03 AM

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