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Shia holy day marked by attacks

Duraid Adnan reports for The New York Times:

Bomb blasts ripped into throngs of religious pilgrims on Monday as they streamed through Iraq’s streets to honor one of the most sacred holidays of Shiite Islam, in what has become almost an annual spilling of blood and stirring of sectarian anger.

At least 20 people — many of them women and children — were killed in three bomb blasts about 50 miles south of Baghdad, security officials and hospital officials said. Dozens more were injured.

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