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Suicide bomb attacks on Iraq pilgrims kill 11 despite heavy security

Published on May 23, 2014 12:55 AM

BAGHDAD (AFP) - Two suicide bombings targeting Shi'ite pilgrims in Baghdad killed at least 11 people and wounded dozens more Thursday despite a heavy security deployment, Iraqi security and medical officials said.

The evening attacks struck in Mansur, west Baghdad, and Baab al-Sharji, in the centre, as worshippers prepared to commemorate the death of a revered figure in Shi'ite Islam.

The bombing in Mansur killed eight people and wounded 26 others, according to a police colonel and a medical source.

The attacker was dressed in an all-black women's robe, or abaya, apparently to avoid attention, according to the capital's security spokesman, Brigadier General Saad Maan.

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