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A dozen killed in Baghdad on final day of Shiite holiday

BAGHDAD (AP) - The death toll from bombing attacks on Shiite pilgrims in Iraq today has risen to at least 12.

Officials say the violence happened as hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from around the country gathered in Baghdad on the final day of a Shiite religious holiday.

Nearly 60 people were killed in violence in and around the Iraqi capital yesterday.

There's no immediate claim of responsibility for today's attacks, but similar incidents in the past have been blamed on Sunni extremists who view Shiites as nonbelievers.

Iraqi security forces have blanketed the city to thwart the attacks, but the sheer number of pilgrims has made it almost impossible to protect everyone.


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