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Iraq 17 Shia pilgrims Killed in Car Bomb

World News – A car bomb killed 17 worshippers south of Baghdad on Thursday as pilgrims from around the world thronged Iraq’s shrine city of Karbala to finish commemorations for Imam Hussain, nephew of Prophet Mohammad and a revered figure in Shia Islam.

The attack came despite a massive security operation mounted to safeguard the millions of Shia Muslims travelling to and from Karbala for the conclusion of Arbaeen mourning rituals.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack in a car park in the town of Musayyib used mainly for vehicles transporting pilgrims, but Sunni militants often try to target Shias during commemoration rituals in a bid to incite sectarian bloodshed. Agencies

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