Female Bomber at Shiite Shrine in Iraq Kills Dozens

A woman with a bomb strapped under her robe has killed more than three dozen people outside a Baghdad mosque during ceremonies commemorating the death of a Shiite Muslim saint.

(AP Photo/Jordanian TV, File)

BAGHDAD (AP) - A woman with a bomb strapped under her robe has
killed more than three dozen people outside a Baghdad mosque during
ceremonies commemorating the death of a Shiite Muslim saint.

The blast, which sent shrapnel hurtling across the crowded square, also wounded at least 72 people.

The woman was among a group of Iranian pilgrims. Thousands of pilgrims from predominantly Shiite Iran visit Iraq during Ashura,
celebrated on Jan. 7 this year.

The evening before the explosion, thousands of men marched through the streets, slashing their shoulders with iron chains to mourn the 7th-century death of Prophet Muhammad's grandson Hussein.

He was killed in a battle over Islam's leadership that began after
Muhammad's death.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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