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Two Islamic holy sites in Iraq attacked

Baghdad, June 13, IRNA - Holy shrines of two Shiite Imams in the Iraqi city of Samarra were once again attacked Wednesday morning by terrorists.

The holy shrines of Shiite Imams, Ali al-Naqi and Hassan al-Askariya in Samarra were first attacked on February 22, 2006.

The Samara shrine, original, after 2006 attack
and after the last attack
(photo ISNA)

According to reports, one of the four minarets of the two shrines collapsed and another one was partly damaged in the explosion.

The residents of the city blame the US forces, who are responsible for maintaining security in the city, for the blast.

Iran deplores bombing holy shrine in Samarra

Tehran, June 13, IRNA - Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini on Wednesday expressed disgust at "the criminal and anti-Islamic action" of bombing Samarra holy shrines of two revered Imams of Prophet Mohammad (Peace Be Upon Him) infallible household earlier in the day.

Terrorists attacked the revered shrines in the city of Samarra, 100 km north of Baghdad Wednesday morning.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran condemns the ugly and anti-Islamic action and describes such moves as continuation of spiteful attacks of enemies of Iraqi national unity.

"The measures have conducted such an attack to fan the flames of sectarian and religious strife and cause pessimism among Islamic religions," Hosseini said.

"Causing insecurity in Iraq and more problems for its broad-based and legal government along with negligence of occupiers to guarantee security in holy sites are questionable and ambiguous," he added.

The spokesman said, "The Iraqi nation will prevent managers of such brutal measures from achieving their ominous goals through its wise patience and rational confrontation with such inhuman measures."

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