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Commanders suspended after deadly attack on shrine

BAGHDAD (AP) - The commanders responsible for security around Baghdad's most important Shiite shrine have been relieved of duty while today's deadly bombings are investigated.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki (NOOR'-ee ahl-MAHL'-ih-kee) ordered a military task force to investigate the back-to-back bombings that killed at least 60 people, including 25 Iranian pilgrims.

Another 125 were injured.

A military spokesman says the battalion and company commanders were suspended for failing to provide adequate security at the shrine.

The bombers detonated explosives belts within minutes of each other near separate gates at the tomb of a Shiite saint.

It happened as worshippers streamed into the mosque for Friday
prayers.

A shop owner says it was "like a massacre," with bodies scattered on the ground.

The shrine has been targeted by insurgents before.

Today's attack came a day after two bombings in separate areas
of Iraq killed more than 80 people.


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