Deadly Blast Rocks Holy City

Shiite Holy City Rocked by Blast
By J. Kelman,  Newser User
Posted Apr 28, 2007 4:35 PM CDT
Firefighters and civilians hose down burning vehicles following an explosion in a crowded commercial area near the Imam Hussein shrine in Karbala, 80 kilometers (50 miles) south of Baghdad, Saturday,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A car bomb ripped through one of Iraq's holiest cities today, killing at least 58 Iraqis and wounding over 150 as they made their way to evening prayers. Karbala—the site of two major Shiite shrines—is a hotspot for suicide bombers, who killed 47 in an attack just two weeks ago.

Karbala residents blamed the provincial government for failing to keep Sunni insurgents at bay. "I regret that I voted for those traitors who only care about their posts, not the people who voted for them," said a clothing merchant injured in the blast. In an unrelated attack, a roadside bomb killed nine U.S. troops outside Baghdad.