Officials: Bombing kills 4 Shiite pilgrims in Iraq

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Associated Press

Posted on December 17, 2013 at 7:02 AM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 17 at 7:33 AM

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say a roadside bomb explosion in Baghdad has killed four Shiite pilgrims.

Police officials say the bombing on Tuesday afternoon targeted pilgrims in southeastern Baghdad as they were making their way on foot to the holy Shiite city of Karbala. The explosion also wounded at least 11 people.

Medical officials confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to media.

Hundreds of thousands of Shiite pilgrims are making their way to Karbala to commemorate Arbaeen, the end of 40 days of mourning following the anniversary of the death of the Prophet Muhammad's grandson, Imam Hussein, a revered Shiite figure.

The bombing came a day after two separate attacks on Shiite pilgrims in Iraq killed 34 people.

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