Report: Death toll in Iraq suicide attack rises to 50

January 14, 2012 13:02

BASRA, Iraq - The death toll from a suicide bomb attack on Shi'ite pilgrims in the southern Iraqi city of Basra has risen to 50 people with another 100 wounded in the blast, Riyadh Abdul-Ameer, director of the Basra health office, told Reuters on Saturday.

The attack at the end of Arbain, one of the main religious observances on the Shi'ite calendar, came as a political crisis in the Shi'ite-led government renewed fears of a return to sectarian violence in the country.

"A terrorist wearing a police uniform and carrying fake police I.D. managed to reach a police checkpoint and blew himself up among police and pilgrims," said a police official at the scene of the bombing.

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