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53 killed by bomb on Shiite holy day in Iraq

At least 53 people were killed by a bomb that tore through a Shiite holy day procession in Iraq on Saturday.

January 14, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
At least 53 people were killed by a bomb in Iraq Saturday.

The blast tore through a procession of pilgrims on one of the holiest days for Shiites.

Witnesses said a suicide bomber was disguised as a volunteer handing out juice and food to pilgrims near the southern town of Zubair.

But an Iraqi military intelligence officer said they were killed by a roadside bomb.

Nearly 140 people were also wounded in the attack. It's the latest in a series of attacks aimed at Iraq's majority Shiites which have escalated following the withdrawal of U.S. troops.