Deadly attack stokes Iraq pilgrimage fears

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KARBALA, Iraq: A deadly mortar attack on Friday near the Iraqi city of Karbala stoked security concerns as millions of Shiite pilgrims gathered for one of the largest religious gatherings in the world. “There were one person killed and four wounded when mortar rounds hit an area on the western side of the city” shortly after midnight, a police colonel said. More than 17 million pilgrims had come to Karbala for Arbaeen, which in a normal year is already considered one of the largest religious gatherings in the world.

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