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Rhiannon12866 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-14-12 06:37 AM
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1. Update: Iraq suicide bomb kills 50 in Basra pilgrims attack
At least 50 people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack on Shia pilgrims in the southern Iraqi city of Basra, Iraqi police and security sources say.

The attack was aimed at pilgrims marking the festival of Arbain, one of the main holy days of the Shia calendar, reports say.

Security had been tight amid fears of insurgent attacks during the festival.

Scores of people have been killed in attacks on pilgrims in the last few weeks, reports say.

Medical sources in Basra say they have also treated 91 people injured in the attack.

The attacker targeted Muslim Shia pilgrims at a checkpoint they use on their way to a major Shia mosque in the Zubeir district, some 20km (12 miles) south-west of Basra.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-16560042
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