Suicide bomber kills dozens of pilgrims in Iraq

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — A suicide bomber killed at least 37 people and
injured 53 — many of them women — during a Shia pilgrimage in northwestern Baghdad Sunday, Iraqi officials told CNN.

The dead included many Iranians who had come to mark the Shia holy period of Ashura, which commemorates a central event in the history of the movement.

The bomber was a woman wearing an abaya, a robe-like dress, said Maj.
Gen. Qassim Atta, military spokesman for Fardh al-Qanoon, an interagency
domestic security body. She seems to have been targeting women, Atta and an interior ministry source said. The Interior Ministry official declined to be


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