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Iraq blast targeting Shiites kills at least 13

Iraqis security officers inspect the damage caused by explosives-rigged vehicle on Baghdad's Palestine Street near a tent serving refreshments to Shiite pilgrims on November 2, 2014A car bomb blast targeting Shiites in Baghdad ahead of the major Ashura religious commemorations killed at least 13 people on Sunday, security and medical officials said. Another car bomb exploded near a police checkpoint in central Baghdad later on Sunday, killing at least five people and wounding at least 17. Hundreds of thousands of Shiite pilgrims will flock to the Iraqi shrine city of Karbala for Ashura, which marks the death of Imam Hussein, one of the most revered figures in Shiite Islam. Pilgrims have been targeted during Ashura before, but this year’s commemorations, which peak on Tuesday, face even greater danger, with the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group in control of large areas of the country.

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