Car bombs kill 26 Shiite pilgrims in Iraq

IRAQ

26 DIE AS CAR BOMBS STRIKE PILGRIMS

Two car bombs exploded Monday near Karbala as members of Iraq's Shiite Muslim majority visited the shrine city for a major religious holiday, according to security and medical officials. The blasts killed at least 26.

The bombs struck as thousands of pilgrims marched into Karbala to mark Arbaeen, the end of the 40-day mourning period for the Shiite religious figure Imam Hussein, whose seventh century death in battle cemented Islam's Shiite-Sunni schism. It was the second major attack in the religious city since Thursday, when two bombs killed 56 and wounded 189.

At least 170 people have died in bombings since Jan. 18, when a suicide bomber hit police recruits in Tikrit, killing 60 people.

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Times wires

Car bombs kill 26 Shiite pilgrims in Iraq 01/24/11 [Last modified: Monday, January 24, 2011 9:58pm]

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