Iraqi Shiite clerics, one holding a portrait of prominent Shiite Muslim cleric Nimr al-Nimr, take part in a demonstration against his execution by Saudi authorities, on January 3, 2016, in the capital Baghdad. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE
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Blasts rocked two Sunni mosques in central Iraq Monday, amid fears of renewed sectarian strife following Saudi Arabia's execution of a prominent Shiite cleric, police and medics said.Ramadi is a Sunni city where Iraqi federal forces reclaimed the upper hand a week ago after months of battling ISIS.A muezzin from a Sunni mosque in Iskandariyah, a town about 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of Baghdad, was also shot dead overnight, several sources said.Iskandariyah is part of a mixed Sunni-Shiite area south of Baghdad which was once dubbed "the triangle of death" and was badly affected by sectarian violence last decade.The weekend execution in Saudi Arabia of prominent Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr sparked outrage in Iraq.Shiite politicians and clerics unanimously condemned the execution but several religious figures in the Sunni minority also denounced it. Iran has accused Saudi Arabia of using Nimr's execution to stoke sectarian tensions in the region.
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