This will get horribly messy between the shia factions now.
Iraqi Shi`ite Muslim leader Mohammed Baqer al-Hakim reported killed by car bomb in Iraqi city of Najaf
Up to 20 people killed in car bomb attack outside main mosque in Iraqi Shi`ite Muslim holy city of Najaf
Article from Reuters-
Shi'ite Leader Among Up to 20 Killed in Najaf
Fri August 29, 2003 08:25 AM ET
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Up to 20 people including a top Shi'ite leader were killed in a car bomb attack outside a mosque in the Iraqi Shi'ite Muslim holy city of Najaf just after prayers on Friday, officials in a leading Shi'ite group said.
"It happened shortly after prayers. It was a car bomb and up to 20 people were killed," Adel Abdul Mahdi, an official of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI) told Reuters in Baghdad after receiving reports from Najaf.
Iraqi Shi'ite Muslim leader Mohammed Baqer al-Hakim was killed by the car bomb, his nephew told Reuters in Tehran.
"Ayatollah Mohammed Baqer al-Hakim became a martyr." Mohsen Hakim, who is also a top official for the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI) based in Tehran, told Reuters. He would not give any further details.
A source close to SCIRI later said he was killed when his car was blown up after he left Friday prayers.
Abdul Mahdi had said earlier in Baghdad that the SCIRI leader was not among those killed in the attack.
Abdul Mahdi said the bomb detonated as worshippers were streaming out of the mosque. A U.S. military spokesman confirmed there had been a bomb blast but had no details.
"There was an explosion at Najaf near a mosque," he said. "No coalition forces were in the area or on the ground because it is considered to be sacred ground."
On Sunday, top Shi'ite cleric Ayatollah Mohammed Saeed al- Hakim was slightly wounded in a bomb attack at his office in Najaf which killed three security guards. Hakim is the uncle of SCIRI leader Ayatollah Mohammed Baqer al-Hakim.
Some SCIRI supporters blamed the previous attack, which was close to the mosque, on followers of rival Shi'ite leader Moqtada al Sadr. His group denied the accusation.
Power struggles in Najaf are a key influence on the political future of majority Shi'ite Iraq.