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5 killed in Baghdad on final day of Shiite holiday

world Updated: Jul 08, 2010 15:03 IST

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Iraqi officials said atleast five people have been killed by bombs targeting pilgrims taking part in the final day of a Shiite religious holiday.

Police and hospital officials said the five were believed to be pilgrims on their way home from visiting a mosque in northern Baghdad to mark the anniversary of the death of a revered Shiite figure.

Four died in eastern Baghdad when a roadside bomb exploded, while a car bomb in southern Baghdad killed the fifth person. Hundreds of thousands of devout Shiites from across the country walk to Baghdad to take part in the occasion. But the crowds make prime targets for Sunni insurgents.

The Thursday morning attack came after more than 50 people were killed in attacks across Baghdad on Wednesday.