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Suicide bomber kills 25 pilgrims south of Baghdad
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09:22, February 25, 2008

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A suicide bomber on Sunday blew himself up at a procession of Shiite pilgrims in the town of Iskandriya, 50 km south of Baghdad, killing at least 25 pilgrims and wounding some 40 others, an Interior Ministry source said.

"A suicide bomber wearing an explosive vest blew himself up at a procession of Shiite pilgrims were traveling on foot to the holy city of Karbala, some 110 km south of Baghdad," the source told Xinhua on condition anonymity.

Earlier, three pilgrims were killed and 46 others were wounded when a roadside bomb detonated in the morning and was followed by gunfire from unknown gunmen on the highway in Baghdad's southern neighborhood of Doura.

The Shiite pilgrims were heading to Karbala to commemorate the 40th day after the martyrdom of Imam al-Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammad, who was killed in the battle of al-Taf in Karbala in the seventh century.

Source: Xinhua

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