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Suicide attack on Shiite mosque kills 11

BAGHDAD - Reuters | 9/17/2005 12:00:00 AM |

A suicide car bomber blew himself up outside a Shiite mosque north of Baghdad on Friday, killing 11 and wounding 24, the latest attack in a three-day surge of violence that has killed more than

 A suicide car bomber blew himself up outside a Shiite mosque north of Baghdad on Friday, killing 11 and wounding 24, the latest attack in a three-day surge of violence that has killed more than 200 people.

The blast came two days after Iraq's al-Qaeda leader, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, declared an all-out war on the country's Shiite Muslim majority.

Iraqi police Captain Saed Ahmed said the bomb went off outside the Great Prophet mosque in Tuz Khurmatu, a mixed Sunni and Shiite town 160 km (100 miles) north of the capital, as worshipers were emerging from prayers on the Muslim holy day.

He said a Saudi wearing an explosives-laden belt, who was apparently working with the bomber, was arrested soon after.

Militants have frequently attacked Shiite mosques over the past 18 months in an apparent attempt to goad Iraq's Shiite majority into retaliation and spark a sectarian civil war with the Sunni Arab minority, once dominant under Saddam Hussein.

There was more violence in Baghdad, where gunmen shot dead two laborers and a government official in drive-by shootings.

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