Bomb at Eid prayers kills Afghan provincial governor, 11 worshippers in Iraq



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A bomb hidden in a microphone
killed an Afghan provincial governor Tuesday as he made a speech at a mosque
after Eid prayers in Logar, close to the capital Kabul, officials said.
And in Iraq a bomb ripped through
a crowd of

worshippers Tuesday as they left a mosque in Iraq after prayers
marking the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday, killing 11 people, police and a doctor
said.

“This morning, governor Arsala
Jamal was delivering a speech after Eid prayers when he was killed by a bomb
planted in the microphone,” Logar provincial governor spokesman Din Mohammad
Darwish told AFP.
“Eight other people have been
wounded.”
No group claimed immediate
responsibility for the blast, though Taliban militants often target government
officials as well as Afghan soldiers and police.
Eid ul Adha is a major public
holiday across the Muslim world, with mosques packed with devotees marking the
prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son when God ordered him to.
Sheep and goats are sacrificed in
many households and the meat distributed among family, friends and the poor.
Bomb targeting worshippers kills
11 in Iraq

And in Iraq a bomb ripped through a crowd of worshippers Tuesday as they left a
mosque in Iraq after prayers marking the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday, killing 11
people, police and a doctor said.
The blast near a Sunni mosque in
the northern city of Kirkuk also wounded 22 people, the sources said.
An AFP photographer at the scene
said bodies, their clothes covered in blood, were placed in the back of a small
police pickup truck to be taken away. Bright red blood stained the street.
Angry and grieving worshippers
railed against those who carried out the attack, shouting, “God take revenge on
those who are evil!”
Eid al-Adha, which commemorates
the willingness of Abraham (Ibrahim in Arabic) to sacrifice his son at God’s
command, is the biggest Muslim holiday of the year.
Almost nothing is safe from
attack by militants in Iraq, where violence has reached a level not seen since
2008 when the country was just emerging from a brutal sectarian conflict.
Secure targets such as prisons
have been struck in past months, along with cafes, markets, mosques, football
fields as well as weddings and funerals.
The increasing number of attacks
on both Sunni and Shiite gatherings have raised fears of a relapse into the
intense sectarian bloodshed that killed tens of thousands of people in
2006-2007.
Analysts say the Shiite-led
government’s failure to address the grievances of Iraq’s Sunni Arab minority —
which complains of being excluded from government jobs and senior posts and of
abuses by security forces — has driven the surge in unrest.
Violence worsened sharply after
security forces stormed a Sunni anti-government protest camp in northern Iraq
on April 23, sparking clashes in which dozens died.
And while the authorities have
made some concessions aimed at placating anti-government protesters and Sunnis
in general, such as freeing prisoners and raising the salaries of Sunni
anti-Al-Qaeda fighters, underlying issues remain unaddressed.
The Iraqi government has enacted
new security measures and carried out wide-ranging operations against militants
for more than two months, including dozens of executions, but has so far failed
to curb the violence.
The latest unrest takes the
number of people killed so far this month to more than 310, and to over 5,000
since the beginning of the year, according to AFP figures based on security and
medical sources.
In addition to major security
problems, the government has failed to provide adequate basic services such as
electricity and clean water, and corruption is widespread.
Political squabbling has
paralysed the government, while parliament has passed almost no major
legislation in years.

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