Death toll in Iraq bombing climbs to 10

February 13th, 2009 - 4:39 pm ICT by IANS  

Baghdad, Feb 13 (DPA) The number of Shiite pilgrims killed when a bomb exploded in the southern Iraqi city of Karbala Thursday climbed to 10, Iraqi medics said Friday.
Another 56 people were injured in the blast, many of them critically, hospital workers said.

“We carried several wounded and dead people, including the remains of a woman’s head,” an eyewitness told Baghdad’s Voices of Iraq news agency Friday.

The attack targeted pilgrims commemorating the death of the Prophet Mohammed’s grandson, Ali, at the Battle of Karbala in the year 680.

Millions of Shiites walk to his shrine in Karbala, 130 km south of Baghdad, over the course of the “Arbaine”, or 40 days of mourning, every year, in a ritual that will reach its conclusion Monday.

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