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Terror strikes on Eid eve

Two car bombs exploded in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, killing two people and injuring several others early on Sunday

world Updated: Aug 20, 2012 01:25 IST

Libya: Car bombs blasts kill 2
Tripoli: Two car bombs exploded in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, killing two people and injuring several others early on Sunday, a security official said.
The first bomb went off in a main street near a military college used as a base for former rebel forces, killing two and wounding four people, according to the official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Thirty minutes later, a cab parked in a narrow alley by the Interior Ministry exploded, wounding several people. The official said a third car bomb was discovered, also near the ministry, but was defused.

The bombings came on the eve of Libya's first anniversary of the fall of Tripoli. On August 20, 2011, rebel fighters behind the eight-month uprising to topple Moammar Gadhafi's regime liberated the city.

"I hold former regime aides fully responsible for this cowardly action," said deputy interior minister, Omar al-Khadr-awi, as he visited one of the sites of the blasts. He said "the same kind of bombs and the same tactics and equipment" were used in previously foiled car bombing attacks in Tripoli.
The city security authorities went on high alert after the bombings, which came just hours before Muslim prayers are to take place at the main Tripoli square for the Eid al-Fitr holiday that marks the end of the month of Ramzan.

Russia: Suicide bomber kills 7

ROSTOV-ON-DON: A suicide bomber blew himself up as policemen in southern Russia gathered Sunday for the funeral of a slain colleague, killing at least seven of the policemen and badly wounding 12 other people, investigators said.

The funeral was held at the home of an officer who had been shot dead the night before by militants in Ingushetia, one of the predominantly Muslim republics in Russia's restive North Caucasus region.

In the nearby republic of Dagestan, two masked gunmen burst into a Shia mosque during Saturday evening prayers and opened fire, wounding eight people, police said.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2012/8/20_08_12-metro14.jpgShias are a minority in Dagestan and throughout the North Caucasus, where an Islamic insurgency has raged for years.

Iraq: cleric’s convoy hit; 1 dead
BAGHDAd: A bomb struck the convoy of a senior Sunni cleric in western Baghdad on Sunday morning, killing at least one person and critically wounding the Muslim leader.
The blast in the capital's Yarmouk neighbourhood left Sheik Mahdi al-Sumaidaie badly hurt and one of his bodyguards dead, a Sunni religious official said. The cleric had just finished leading prayers at a nearby mosque to mark the beginning of the Eid al-Fitr holiday.
Al-Sumaidaie has sided with the government against Sunni extremists. Earlier this year, he called for a unified religious authority to bridge the gap between Iraq's Sunnis and Shia. Insurgents often target Sunni clerics seen as working closely with the Shia-led government.

Yemen: Gunman attacks mosque
Aden: A gunman opened fire on a mosque during Eid prayers in southern Yemen on Sunday, killing seven people and wounding 11, a security official at Defence Ministry said.
In a separate attack on Sunday, a suicide bomber with suspected links to Al Qaeda blew himself up in the southern Abyan province, killing three and wounding two, an official from the province told Reuters.
The shooting at the mosque in the southern province of Dalea came during the Eid prayers. Security forces followed the gunman home and surrounded the building, the official said.

He added that the man appeared not to be related to Islamist militants who have been staging attacks for the past months.