Iraqi police: Car bomb kills 27 Shiite pilgrims

February 5, 2010 14:01

BAGHDAD — A suicide attacker detonated a car bomb Friday alongside a crowd of Shiite pilgrims walking to a holy city south of Baghdad, killing at least 27 people and wounding 60, Iraqi police officials said.

Shiite pilgrims have been targeted by several bombings in recent days, and Friday's attack struck during the culmination of a pilgrimage in which hundreds of thousands walked to the city of Karbala to mark a Shiite holy day.

The blast occurred shortly after noon just east of one of three main entrances to Karbala, a police official said. At least 60 were wounded in the explosion, he added.

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