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Iraq suicide blast strikes mostly Iranian pilgrims

Thursday, November 24, 2016 - 00:54

An annual pilgrimage to the holy Iraqi city of Kerbala comes to a violent end after an Islamic State suicide truck bomb kills about 100 people, most of them Iranian Shi'ite pilgrims who had paused at a highway rest stop. Mana Rabiee reports.

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They were on their way home to neighboring Iran. Shi'ite pilgrims that had left the holy city of Kerbala for the important annual ceremony of Arbaeen. Their pilgrimage ended suddenly Thursday at this popular highway rest stop about an hour's drive south of Baghdad . That's when an Islamic Suicide truck bomb exploded by a gas station, killing about 100 people, most of them Iranian pilgrims. Sunni IS considers all Shi'ites apostates. But the militants are also fighting Iran-backed forces in the broader U.S.-led coalition to oust IS from their Iraqi stronghold Mosul. Tehran condemned the attack, saying it will continue to support what it said was Iraq's relentless fight against terrorism.

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Iraq suicide blast strikes mostly Iranian pilgrims

Thursday, November 24, 2016 - 00:54