The aftermath of a deadly explosion at the Imam Ali mosque in Najaf, Iraq, Aug. 29, 2003 (image from video). A massive car bomb was set off during Friday prayers in the holy city. According to hospital officals, at least 85 people died, including one of Iraq's most important Shiite clerics.
A view of the damaged mosque, Aug. 29, 2003 (image from video). Dozens of people were injured in the blast, which dug a crater about 3
The aftermath of the mosque car bombing, Aug. 29, 2003 (image from video). Iraqi National Congress leader Ahmed Chalabi said he blames the U.S. for not providing enough security. A Pentagon spokesman said no coalition troops were in the area of the mosque out of respect for the holy site.
The blast killed Ayatollah Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim, pictured, leader of the largest and best-organized Shiite movement in postwar Iraq. The cleric had just delivered a sermon calling for Iraqi unity when the bomb went off.
The aftermath of the mosque car bombing, Aug. 29, 2003 (image from video). Dr. Safaa al-Ameedi said medical facilities were jammed with people looking for relatives who may have been hurt in the bombing, which occurred as thousands were pouring out of the mosque.
People look at wrecked cars in front of the Imam Ali mosque, Aug. 29, 2003 (image from video).
An Iraqi policeman controls a crowd of Iraqis gathering to dig through the rubble looking for blast victims, Aug. 29, 2003.
People sift through the wreckage of the explosion, Aug. 29, 2003.
Iraqis dig through the rubble next to Imam Ali shrine looking for victims and survivors, Aug. 29, 2003.
Iraqis visit wounded family members lying in the hospital in Najaf, Aug. 29, 2003.
The body of a victim is found in the rubble next to Imam Ali shrine, Aug. 29, 2003.
The body of a bombing victim is taken from a wrecked car, Aug. 29, 2003.
Shiite Muslims display portraits of Ayatollah Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim, Aug. 29, 2003, in Baghdad, Iraq. The Ayatollah was killed in the bombing at the holiest Shiite Muslim site in Najaf.
Shiite Muslims in Baghdad, Iraq, react to the explosion, Aug. 29, 2003.
In a Shiite Muslim area of Baghdad, Iraq, a man and his two sons react to the bombing, Aug. 29, 2003.
Shiite Muslims cry during rally in Najaf Saturday. Thousands of angry mourners called for vengeance as they gathered outside the bombed-out shrine.