Suspected shrine bombers detained

Suspected shrine bombers detained
Suspected shrine bombers detained

Mouwafak al-Rubaie said the ringleader in the operation, an Iraqi he identified as Haitham Sabah Shaker Mohammed al-Badri, was still on the run.

The bombing set in motion an epidemic of sectarian killing and revenge attacks on Sunni and Shiite mosques, a spasm of violence that took the country to the brink of civil war.

Al-Rubaie identified the arrested man as Yousri Fakher Mohammed Ali, a Tunisian also known as Abu Qudama. The national security chief said Ali was seriously wounded in a clash with security forces north of Baghdad few days ago. Fifteen other foreign fighters were killed in the confrontation, he said.

Al-Rubaie said Ali and al-Badri were in a gang that included one other Iraqi and four Saudis who plotted the attack, the AP reports.

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