Friday, January 21, 2011

Toll rises to 56 in Iraqi pilgrim blast

An update on the triple suicide getdown in Iraq.

Washington Post
BAGHDAD -- Iraqi police and hospital officials say the death toll in a spate of bombings on Shiite pilgrims has risen to 56.

Iraqi police and soldiers lined main Baghdad roads Friday morning as thousands of pilgrims headed to attend annual religious rituals in the holy Shiite city of Karbala, 55 miles (80 kilometers) south of the capital.

Authorities in Karbala said the attacks also wounded an estimated 180 - including about 25 members of the security forces.

The attacks were launched by three suicide bombers who blew up their cars near security checkpoints on at least two roads to Karbala.

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