Suicide Bomber Kills 25 Pilgrims in Iraq

At least 24 more injured at holy site in Samarra
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 12, 2011 7:59 AM CST
In this Feb. 2, 2004 file photo, the famous al-Askari mosque before a bomb destroyed it in 2006. A suicide bomber killed at least 25 pilgrims at the site today.   (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed, File)
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(Newser) – Iraqi police say a suicide bomber struck Shiite pilgrims near a shrine north of Baghdad that has been a flashpoint in sectarian strife, killing at least 25 people. Authorities say the bomber blew himself up this afternoon in a crowd of pilgrims just 200 yards outside the al-Askari mosque. A 2006 bombing that destroyed the golden domed mosque sparked years of retaliatory bloodshed between Sunnis and Shiites.

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