Topic - Ali Khamas

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  • Shi'ite pilgrims march on their way to Karbala for Arbaeen, in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011. A pair of bombs blasted through security checkpoints ringing Karbala Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011,  and killed at least 50 people, many of whom were Shi'ite pilgrims headed to observe yearly religious rituals. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

    Bombs targeting Shi'ite pilgrims in Iraq kill 51

    A pair of bombs blasted through security checkpoints ringing the Iraqi holy city of Karbala Thursday and killed at least 51 people, many of whom were Shi'ite pilgrims headed to observe yearly religious rituals.

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  • Still, Mr. Khamas said, the pilgrims continued to head to Karbala: "It will not deter us from continuing our march to the holy shrine ... even if the explosions increase."

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  • "He sped up and blew up his car near the checkpoint," said Mr. Khamas, a 42-year-old truck driver. "After the explosion, people started to run in all directions, while wounded people on the ground were screaming for help. I saw several dead bodies on the ground."

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