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Attacks Kill More Than 20 Shi'ite Pilgrims In Iraq


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Bombs ripped through crowds of Shi'a in Iraq on December 5, killing at least 28 people during a religious observance. The explosions were the latest reminder that violence is still a daily threat in Iraq. VOA's Sharon Behn reports from Baghdad.

Reports from Iraq say at least 25 people were killed and dozens of others were wounded in a series of bomb attacks targeting Shi'ite pilgrims.

In the deadliest attack, at least 16 people died after a car packed with explosives blew up at a procession of pilgrims in the Al-Nil area, near the city of Hillah.

Pilgrims were also targeted in the center of Hilla, in the towns of Latifiya and Mahawil, and in the capital, Baghdad.

The attacks in central Iraq came a day before the peak of the Shi'ite Ashura religious commemorations marking the death of the Prophet Muhammad's grandson, Imam Hussein.

Ashura has witnessed serious sectarian violence since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, with pilgrims often targeted by Sunni extremists.

The attacks underscored Iraq's fragile security as U.S. troops prepare to withdraw by the end of 2011.

compiled from agency reports

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