12 killed in Baghdad on final day of Shiite holiday

July 8, 2010 11:52

BAGHDAD  — At least 12 people were killed Thursday by bombs targeting pilgrims taking part in the final day of a Shiite religious holiday that draws hundreds of thousands of people to Baghdad, Iraqi officials said.

The deaths came one day after more than 50 people were killed in violence in and around the Iraqi capital, most of them by a suicide bomber who targeted pilgrims heading to a mosque in northern Baghdad to mark the anniversary of the death of a revered Shiite figure.Six people died in eastern Baghdad when a roadside bomb exploded Thursday morning as pilgrims were walking home from the mosque in the Kazimiyah neighborhood, while a car bomb in southern Baghdad killed another person.

Five more people were killed by a roadside bomb in northern Baghdad, said Iraqi hospital and police officials.

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