At least 60 people have been killed in a double suicide attack at a Shi’ite Muslim shrine in Baghdad.
More than 120 people were wounded in the blasts at the Imam Moussa al-Kadhim shrine in the Shi’ite neighbourhood of Kadhimiya. The explosions come after two suicide attacks on Thursday, one in Baghdad and the other in the northeastern province of Diyala, in which at least 89 people died – the highest daily toll in over a year. As the victims of yesteday’s bombings were being buried Iraq was facing the propect of a new surge in sectarianin bloodshed. The attacks come as US troops prepare to pull out of Iraqi cities in June, ahead of a full American withdrawal by the end of 2011.