Iraq: 8 killed in suicide car bomb in holy city

December 9, 2006 11:02


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A suicide car bomb exploded near a revered shrine in one of Iraq's holiest Shi'ite cities on Saturday, killing eight people and wounding 36, police said. The blast occurred at about 10:30 a.m. outside the Al-Abbas shrine in Karbala, 80 kilometers (50 miles) south of Baghdad, said Rahman Meshawi, the city's police spokesman, who provided the casualty totals. Karbala is considered Iraq's second holiest Shi'ite city after Najaf, which is 70 kilometers (45 miles) to the southeast. Shi'ites make pilgrimages to both locations and bury their dead in large cemeteries there.

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