At least eight die in Iraq attacks amid calls for calm, unity
A car bomb killed at least six people near a Shiite mosque south of Baghdad on Saturday, a day after the bombing of a Shiite mosque to the north killed at least 79 people. Saturday's bombing took place at the town of Musayyib.
Elsewhere, two civilians from the same family died when a bomb went off at the door of their house in central Baghdad, police said, according to Reuters.
Meanwhile, one of Iraq's most powerful Shiite leaders urged his followers on Saturday to resist being drawn into a sectarian civil war. Abdul Aziz al-Hakim called the Shiites to stand firm against what he called a campaign by al Qaeda leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi to ignite civil war with bombings like the one on Friday.
He told thousands of supporters: "This nation will not fall into the trap of sectarian war that is being pursued by Zarqawi's groups."
Hakim also called for unity between Iraq's main Shi'ite, Kurdish and Arab Sunni communities.
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