Iraq Bombing Of Shiite Pilgrims In Baghdad Sends Death Toll Soaring

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BAGHDAD — BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say the death toll from a suicide bomb attack on Shiite pilgrims in Baghdad has risen sharply, increasing the total number of people killed in Iraq on Saturday to 66.

Police officials say the bombing of Shiite pilgrims passing through the largely Sunni neighborhood of Azamiyah en route to a nearby Shiite shrine killed at least 42 people and wounded 80.

Officials say other attacks in Iraq killed 24 people.

Hospital officials confirmed the casualty figures. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to journalists.

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