Car Bombs Targeting Shi’ite Pilgrims Kill 18 In Iraq

Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty
January 24, 2011

At least 18 people were killed today in two car bomb explosions in Iraq’s holy city of Karbala as crowds gathered for a religious ritual.

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The first attack occurred in the morning in a parking lot near busloads of pilgrims on the eastern outskirts of Karbala, 90 kilometers south of Baghdad.

Six pilgrims were killed in that attack. There is a vehicle ban in Karbala for the holy period so pilgrims are dropped off at parking lots and walk in.

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A second car bomb, hours later, struck pilgrims on the southern edge of the city, killing at least 12 people.

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