Bomb kills 3 Shiite pilgrims in Iraq, police say

December 14, 2010 18:45

BAGHDAD— Iraqi police say a roadside bomb has exploded in a crowd of pilgrims preparing to mark the year's most solemn religious ceremony for Shiite Muslims, killing three people and wounding 17.

Officials say the blast happened Tuesday afternoon in a western Baghdad neighborhood that is mostly populated by Sunnis.The pilgrims were headed to the holy Shiite city of Karbala for Ashoura, which marks the anniversary of the seventh century death of Imam Hussein in a killing that sealed Islam's historic Sunni-Shiite split

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