June 7th, 2007 13:40 EST
Sunni, Shia mosques in Abu Ghraib damaged by Two car bombs
CAMP TAJI, Iraq — Two suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices detonated causing major damage to two mosques near Abu Ghraib, Iraq June 7.
The first attack occurred at 10:56 a.m., near an Iraqi Army traffic control point. A suicide bomber in a tractor trailer detonated what explosive ordnance teams estimated to be 800-1,000 pounds of explosives, killing two Iraqi Army soldiers, one Iraqi resident and wounding four other soldiers.
The blast severely damaged two nearby mosques. A Shia mosque was
nearly 90 percent destroyed in the attack, while a nearby Sunni mosque was heavily damaged, as well.
Other buildings, including a school and several shops were also damaged in the attack. Eight civilian vehicles were also damaged.
In the second attack, at approximately 11 a.m., a suicide bomber
detonated a vehicle approximately four blocks away from the first attack. One Iraqi Army soldier was killed and another injured in the blast.
Coalition Forces said the attacks may have been launched by Al Qaeda in order to disrupt the reconciliation process in the area.
“This type of attack shows Al Qaeda has a complete disregard for all
Iraqis, regardless of what sect they belong to,” said Lt. Col. Peter Andrysiak, deputy commanding officer for the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, whose troops work in the Abu Ghraib area and are in partnerships with the Iraqi Army there.
Iraqi Security Forces are investigating to find those responsible for the two attacks.
Two car bombs damage Sunni, Shia mosques in Abu Ghraib
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