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Last Updated: Wednesday February 22 2006 14:15 GMT

In pictures: Iraq shrine bombing

Damaged al-Askari shrine

One of the holiest shrines in Iraq for Shia Muslims has been damaged in a bomb attack

View of the shrine in Samarra before the explosion

The Askari shrine in Samarra was known for its large golden dome. Armed men entered the shrine and detonated several explosives

Iraqis search the rubble of the bomb site

Local people searched the rubble for precious religious items

The shrine contains the tombs of two Shia religious leaders. These tombs were crowned by their turbans to mark the resting places of holy men.

The shrine contains the tombs of two Shia religious leaders. These tombs were crowned by their turbans to mark the resting places of holy men. Here Mosque officials retrieve them from the rubble

Thousands of angry demonstrators gathered near the damaged site after the blasts

Thousands of angry demonstrators gathered near the damaged site after the blasts

A local photographer captured the scene moments after the explosion

A local photographer captured the scene moments after the explosion

Angry protesters gather at damaged shrine

The attack aimed to cause problems between the Sunni and Shia Muslims in Iraq, say reporters in the area



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