Iraq car bomb kills 12 Shiite pilgrims

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At least 12 Shiite Muslim pilgrims were killed on Thursday in Iraq when a car bomb exploded in the city of al-Hillah, south of the capital Baghdad, police said.

Some 43 were injured in the attack, which targeted a convoy of pilgrims were returning from the Arbaeen pilgrimage that commemorates 40 days after the slaying of Imam Hussein, the grandson of the prophet Mohammed, police said, dpa reported.

Millions of pilgrims attended this year's ceremony, including 750,000 from other countries, according to security officials.

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