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`Abdel Aziz al Hakim Escapes Explosion

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explosion in Baghdad at al Hakim's office, son of `Abdel Aziz al Hakim reports that `Abdel Aziz himself escaped and is alive;

report at 2:20 AM between Sunday and Monday states 8 dead

This broke simultaneously in English and Arabic on Al `Alam.

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BAGHDAD (CNN) -- A car bomb exploded outside the Baghdad headquarters of one of the main Shia political parties Monday morning, Iraq police said.

Billowing white smoke was seen on the Baghdad horizon after the blast, which police said happened at 9:30 a.m. at the offices of the Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution.

There was no immediate information about damage.

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2:52 AM, just broke on the BBC, same info except numbers: 6-9 dead according to their numbers; also thinking to blame Sunnis (stupid dopes)

Shia leaders urging restraint according to BBC.

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journal-type note: I actually feel numbed; stunned already by the 14,000 reported dead in Asia by the earthquake/tsunami

more than 15,000 according to BBC; some coastal communities wiped out

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3:06 ET, BBC ups dead to at least 9; news finally seen on Yahoo News

Bomber Targets Top Shiite Leader's Home

3:00 AM ET

BAGHDAD, Iraq - A suicide bomber detonated his car Monday at the gate to the home of the leader of Iraq (news - web sites)'s biggest political party, killing and wounding several of the guards but leaving the cleric unharmed, his spokesman said. Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, head of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq — the country's most powerful Shiite political group — was in his residence in Baghdad's Jadiriyah district when the attack occurred, said Haitham al-Husseini. He was unharmed. The blast shook the district and sent a cloud of smoke high above the area. "It was a suicide attack near the gate leading to the office," al-Husseini said. "Several of the guards were killed and wounded." Police confirmed that several people were killed and wounded but could not provide figures.

Hakim also heads the candidate list of the 228-member United Iraqi Alliance coalition, which is expected to dominate Iraq's new constitutional assembly following the first free elections on Jan. 30. The coalition is supported by Iraq's top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani. The residence, where Hakim has his home and offices, was previously the house of Tariq Aziz, a jailed former senior aide to Saddam Hussein (news - web sites) who has been in prison since April last year. Political and religious leaders of the Shiite community, who strongly back the holding of next month's vote, have been repeatedly targeted by the mainly Sunni Muslim insurgents since Saddam's ouster. The Shiites, who make up about 60 percent of Iraq's 26 million people, have traditionally been dominated by the Sunni minority, which accounts for about a fifth of the population. Their leaders are eager to translate that numerical superiority into political power after next month's ballot — the first free elections since the overthrow of the monarchy 45 years ago.

In August 2003, a suicide bomber killed Ayatollah Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim, elder brother of Abdul Aziz and former leader of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq. Like his late brother, Abdul Aziz Al-Hakim is a Shiite cleric who opposed Saddam Hussein from exile in Iran before returning to Iraq after last year's U.S.-led invasion.

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Here it is fron Reuters

Car Bomb on HQ of Iraqi Shi'ite Party Kills 9

3:00 AM ET

By Zaid Fahmi

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A car bomb exploded outside the Baghdad offices of one of Iraq (news - web sites)'s leading Shi'ite Muslim political parties on Monday, killing at least nine people, police said. A police official said 39 people were also wounded in the blast outside the main office of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI), one of Iraq's largest political parties, in the Jadriya district in the south of the Iraqi capital.

SCIRI, a religious party set up by exiled Iraqi Shi'ites in Iran during Saddam Hussein (news - web sites)'s rule, is expected to be one of the strongest contenders in the country's first post-Saddam elections next month. The party is headed by Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim, whose brother and party leader was assassinated in August last year in a bombing at a major Shi'ite shrine in the southern holy city of Najaf. SCIRI was at the forefront of opposition to Saddam's rule from abroad.

Party officials said none of the leadership was hurt, but several employees had been taken to hospital. "The car exploded at the gate to the offices, near the reception area," one party official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. "We took several guards and receptionists to the hospital," he said. U.S. and Iraqi forces sealed off the area, near a busy intersection in the capital.

U.S. and Iraqi officials have said they expected a rise in violence in the run-up to the election, set for Jan. 30. In the past few weeks, since parties were officially registered and marked down to run in the poll, there have been several political killings and bombings.

At least three people from the Iraqi Hezbollah party have been killed. Iraqi Hezbollah is allied to SCIRI as part of a Shi'ite-led coalition called the United Iraqi Alliance. The coalition, formed under the auspices of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq's foremost Shi'ite cleric, is expected to do well in the poll, particularly if there is a high turnout among the country's 60 percent Shi'ite majority. Sistani, who holds huge sway in the Shi'ite community, has issued a religious edict obliging all Shi'ites to vote.

Leaders of Iraq's 20 percent Sunni Arab minority, from which the country's insurgency draws much of its support, fear that violence affecting mostly Sunni Muslim areas will make it impossible to hold free and fair elections next month.

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Satanic terrorist zionist Amerika assassnated his brother Mohammad Baqir al-Hakim (ra) last year and now they tried to assassinate him but they have faield. I'm sure they'll try again to assassinate him. I know the Great Satan pretty well and I know her evil shrewd tactics. May Allah destroy the Satanic Snakes of Terror with earthquakes, diseases, storms, floods and all kinds of disasters.

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Iraq Shia leader escapes car bomb

At least 13 people have been killed in a car bomb targeting one of Iraq's top Shia political leaders.

Thirty-nine people were wounded in the attack outside offices of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (Sciri) in Baghdad.

Sciri leader Abdel Aziz al-Hakim was not injured in the blast and has urged supporters not to take revenge.

Violence has been escalating ahead of elections set for 30 January, in which Sciri is likely to play a major role.

Last week a double suicide attack in the Shia cities of Najaf and Karbala killed about 70 people.

Leaders of the majority Shia population said it was an attempt to provoke sectarian conflict in Iraq.

Peaceful

The car bomb exploded at the gate of the building, where Mr Hakim has his home and offices, destroying about 30 cars near the entrance.

The house previously belonged to former deputy Prime MinisterTariq Aziz, a senior ally of Saddam Hussein who has been in detention since April 2003.

Reports say that at least three people from an allied party - the Iraqi Hezbollah party - were killed in the attack.

"We have chosen the path of non-violence and we will stick to it," Mr al-Hakim told Reuters news agency from the compound.

"The only ideology these people know is terror," he added. "We laid down our arms in favour of pluralism. If we wanted violence we would have responded a long time ago."

Sciri, a religious party formed by exiled Iraqi Shias in Iran during Saddam Hussein's rule, has a powerful armed wing, the Badr Brigade.

The founder of Sciri and brother of the current leader, Ayatollah Muhammad Baqr al-Hakim, was among about 100 people killed in a massive car bombing in Najaf in August 2003.

Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4127279.stm

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Salam Alaikum

We have called Baghdad and Sayed Al-Hakim and his family are all safe (ALHAMDOULILLAH).

They (Sayed's family) said that a person wanted to enter with his car inside but the guards did not let him so he bombed the car when they did not let him enter. The house that he was in it is all fallen to the floor but alhamdoulillah the sayed and his family are safe. Few of the guards were martyred and some were injured in this attack (Please recite surah al-fatiha on their souls).

May Allah curse the enemies of Islam and protect our ulama and maraji'.

Hassan Tabatabai

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Hassan akh, and all of our mutaqin syeds, I am so sorry that all of these things are happening to your larger family. I am only relieved that the Hakim family are safe; but I do wish that no-one had died.

I m still reeling from the ever-increasing Asian death toll. This really isn't my week as a newswatcher, and it hasn't even begun.

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Salam Alaikum

Yes this week contains many sad news :( May Allah shower his mercy on the dead and protect the alive.

Some news stations talked to Sayed Ammar Al-Hakim son of Sayed Abdel Aziz Al-Hakim and he said that it is mostly believed that the Ba'thist did it.

Hassan Tabatabai

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