A female suicide bomber blew herself up among a crowd of Shiite pilgrims on their way by foot to a shrine city in central Iraq yesterday, killing 41 people, including women and children, officials said.
The attack took place at a female search point at a rest station where the pilgrims had stopped as they made their long journey to Karbala, 110km south of the Iraqi capital, for a religious festival.
"At 11.45am, a woman wearing an explosives-filled belt blew herself up in the middle of a crowd of pilgrims going to Karbala," said Major General Qassim Atta, spokesman for Baghdad operational command.
An interior ministry official gave the toll and said the wounded were being treated at five hospitals in Baghdad.
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