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  Updated: May 26, 2009

Kazimiyah gets new layer of security: street gates

By: Ismail Zabeeh

HOLY KAZIMIYAH, Iraq: In a clear sign of ongoing security concerns as bombings continue, Iraqi authorities have quietly installed about 100 metal gates near the holy Kazimiyah shrine.

Perforated gates have been put up in the past three weeks in the heavily policed Kazimiyah district along streets and alleyways leading to the sacred shrine of Imam Mousa b. Jafer al-Kazim (AS) and his grandson Imam Muhammad Taqi Al-Jawad (AS). Security cameras are also being installed at the gates of the double-domed complex.

The street gates were put up following back-to-back suicide bombings near the holy shrine on April 24, in which more than 71 people were martyred. It was the deadliest attack in Iraq in more than a year.

The brown, green and yellow gates vary in width from five to 15 yards and are guarded round the clock. Some are permanently shut. Others are opened to allow pedestrians or vehicles to pass after searches.


 
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