Sat, Feb 14, 2009 - Page 1 News List

Female suicide bomber kills 32 on pilgrimage in Iraq

AFP , HILLA, IRAQ

A woman suicide bomber dressed in a black abaya blew herself up in a crowd of Shiite pilgrims south of the Iraqi capital yesterday, killing 32 worshippers, mostly women and children, officials said.

The Iraqi Interior Ministry said 32 people were killed and 65 wounded in the attack in the town of Iskandiriyah as pilgrims flocked on foot to the holy city of Karbala for a major religious ceremony.

An official said the bomber had hidden her explosives under her abaya, a traditional head-to-toe black garment for women.

She blew herself up among a crowd of women and children just after midday, he said, adding that most of the casualties were women and children.

It was the third straight day of killings that have targeted Shiites heading to Karbala.

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