Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty
January 24, 2011

At least 18 people were killed today in two car bomb explosions in Iraq’s holy city of Karbala as crowds gathered for a religious ritual.

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The first attack occurred in the morning in a parking lot near busloads of pilgrims on the eastern outskirts of Karbala, 90 kilometers south of Baghdad.

Six pilgrims were killed in that attack. There is a vehicle ban in Karbala for the holy period so pilgrims are dropped off at parking lots and walk in.

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A second car bomb, hours later, struck pilgrims on the southern edge of the city, killing at least 12 people.

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