72 deaths mar Shi’ite ritual honoring saint

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While there was no catastrophic attack during Ashoura, Sunni and Shi’ite militants kept up the steady, although diminished, level of violence yesterday in regions to the north. Bombs, suicide assaults, rockets and death-squad killings left behind the corpses of at least 21 more Iraqis, including those killed in Kirkuk and Tal Afar.

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