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Officials: Attack by suicide bomber kills 11 Shiite pilgrims in Iraq's capital, Baghdad

An Iraqi man cleans the site of a suicide bombing in Baghdad's southern district of Dora, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013. A suicide bombing targeting Shiite pilgrims in Iraq's capital on their way to Karbala, a holy city, and other violence across the country killed more than 20 people Thursday, officials said. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)
December 19, 2013 - 2:36 AM

BAGHDAD - Officials in Iraq say an attack by a suicide bomber in Baghdad has killed 11 Shiite pilgrims who were on their way to a holy city.

Police officials say the suicide bomber set off his explosive belt Thursday afternoon near a group of pilgrims in Baghdad's southern district of Dora. They say 22 people were wounded in the attack.

The pilgrims were heading to the holy Shiite city of Karbala, 90 kilometres (55 miles) to the south. Shiite pilgrims are commemorating Arbaeen, the end of 40 days of mourning following the anniversary of the death of the Prophet Muhammad's grandson, Imam Hussein, a revered Shiite figure.

Medical officials confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to journalists.

News from © The Associated Press, 2013
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