Mortar fire targeting Shiites kills 3 in Iraq
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi officials say mortar fire targeting Shiite worshippers has killed three people and wounded eight in Baghdad.
Police officials say a mortar shell landed near a mosque shortly after the start of Friday prayers in the Shiite district of Sadr City. The sermon was held by loyalists of the Shiite firebrand cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. A second mortar hit within a minute, landing about 500 meters (yards) away.
Medics in a nearby hospital confirmed the casualties. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak to the media.
It was the first deadly attack in Iraq after several days of calm. Sunni insurgents frequently attack Shiites in an attempt to revive sectarian fighting.
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