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  Top politician among 80 killed in Iraq blast
Updated 29 August 2003, 16.56
The shrine of Imam Ali in Najaf, Iraq
About 80 people have been killed by a car bomb in Iraq, including a top politician.

Leading Shia Muslim politician Ayatollah Mohammed Baqr al-Hakim was caught in the blast in the holy city of Najaf.

He was leader of a group called The Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq.

Holy shrine

That's a group which opposed Saddam Hussein for 20 years.

The bomb blew up near the Tomb of Ali in the central Iraqi city just as main weekly prayers were ending.

It's one of the holiest shrines for Shia Muslims and the leader was just leaving after prayers with many other people.

No group has admitted carrying out the attack.

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