NAJAF, Iraq, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Four men were arrested Saturday in Iraq's Shiite city of Najaf for a car bombing that killed a Shiite cleric and dozens of others.
The BBC quoted the local governor as saying two of the suspects are from Basra and belonged to the regime of deposed President Saddam Hussein. The other two are non-Iraqi Arabs subscribing to the Wahhabi Muslim faith, the report said.
The four apparently confessed to the bombing and to other plots intended to destabilize the country, BBC said.
Their arrests were announced as crowds gathered outside the Imam Ali Mosque to prepare for the funerals of the nearly 100 victims, including that of Ayatollah Mohammed Baqr al-Hakim.
Najaf officials said about 1,550 pounds of explosives and hand grenades planted in two cars were used in the explosions.
CNN reported an elaborate funeral procession is planned for Hakim once his remains are found. His bodyguards said only the cleric's ring, turban and watch have been found in the rubble.