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Shiites killed in Iraq bombings

A suicide bomber has attacked a group of Shiites during a religious ritual in eastern Iraq, killing at least 22 people.

The bomber set off his explosives-laden belt among a gathering of Shiites in the town of al-Saadiyah, 140 kilometres (90 miles) northeast of Baghdad.

The Shiites were observing the Ashoura, an annual commemoration of the 7th century death of Prophet Mohammed's grandson.

Around 70 people were reported wounded.

Earlier in the day, a bombing south of Baghdad killed nine Shiite pilgrims. Ashoura is often targeted by Sunni extremists who consider Shiites to be heretics.


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