Apparently in retaliation for the killing of bin Laden. I didn’t realize that Shi’ite soccer fans in Baghdad had killed him. Sunni-Shi’ite Jihad Update. “Iraq: car bomb near cafe kills 16 in Baghdad,” from AP, May 3 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):
BAGHDAD (AP) “” A car bomb tore through a cafe packed with young men watching a football match Tuesday in Baghdad, killing at least 16 people, officials said. It was the first major attack since U.S. commandos killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.
Nobody claimed responsibility for the attack, which struck a Shiite enclave in a mainly Sunni neighborhood, but it bore the hallmarks of the terror network’s chapter in Iraq. Al-Qaida operatives have vowed revenge for bin Laden’s death on Monday….
Most of the dead and wounded were young people watching a football match, said police and hospital officials. A vendor selling food near the cafe also was among the 16 killed. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information, said 37 people also were wounded.
The attack occurred in a Shiite enclave in the former insurgent stronghold of Dora, an area in southwestern Baghdad that saw some of the fiercest fighting of the Iraq conflict…
“This is the cowardly reaction of al-Qaida after the killing of the big terrorist bin Laden. They intend to do this against such gatherings in Shiite areas,” Jasim Hashim, a 20-year-old student who lives about 200 yards (meters) from where the bomb went off in front of a popular cafe….