Wednesday, June 13, 2007
The al-Askariyya Shrine in Samarra, which was bombed in February 2006, was attacked for a second time with a massive bomb. Two of the shrine's minarets were destroyed in the most recent attack. The dome was destroyed in the earlier attack. The shrine is the burial place of two of the 12 Ithna-'Ashariyya Shi'i Imams and is believed to be the site where the absent Twelfth Imam will return at an appointed time. The descent into a full-scale civil war between Iraqi Sunni and Shi'i Arabs began after the first attack and early reports say that Sunni mosques have already been attacked in retaliation for today's bombing.