Remember: this is not hate. This is something that most media outlets won’t even note. But if a non-Muslim points it out, and points out how its perpetrators justify it by reference to Islamic texts and teachings, that “hate,”
“Bombing in Sunni mosque in Iraq kills at least 17,” from the Associated Press, July 19 (thanks to Kenneth):
BAGHDAD — A bomb exploded inside a Sunni mosque in central Iraq during midday prayers Friday, killing at least 17 people in the latest outburst of deadly violence targeting worshippers during the holy month of Ramadan.
Suicide attacks, car bombings and other violence have killed nearly 200 people since the faithful began daytime fasting to mark the Islamic holy month, which started earlier in July.
The violence is an extension of a surge that has ripped through Iraq for months, reviving fears of a return to the widespread sectarian bloodshed that pushed the country to the brink of civil war after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.
Diyala provincial councilman Sadiq al-Husseini said Friday’s explosion hit the Abu Bakir al-Sideeq mosque in the town of Wijaihiya, which is about 50 miles northeast of Baghdad. He said it killed at least 17.
Diyala province, where the attack occurred, was once the site of some of the fiercest fighting between U.S. forces and insurgents in Iraq. It remains a hotbed for terrorist attacks. The area is religiously mixed and witnessed some of the worst atrocities as Shiite militias battled Sunni insurgents for control in the years after the invasion.
“Terrorism is targeting all sects in Diyala mainly by attacking Sunni and Shiite mosques, funerals and football fields to draw the province into a sectarian conflict. All the victims were civilians,” al-Husseini said, appealing for calm. “I call on all Diyala residents to show self-restraint.”
Police and hospital officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to release the information to media, confirmed the death toll. They also reported that more than 50 were wounded in the explosion, and warned that the number of dead could rise.