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Eight pilgrims, four policemen killed in bomb explosions in Iraq

Eight pilgrims and four policemen were killed in bomb explosions in Iraq Thursday.

Militants targeted Shiite pilgrims, who were gathering near a revered shrine in the holy city of Kerbala, 80 kilometers southwest of Baghdad, marking the Arbain festival.

50 others were also injured when the suicide bomber joined the procession near the Imam Hussein shrine and then detonated an explosive belt attached to his body, reports quoting security officials said.

The police officials were on patrol when a parked car exploded in the city of Mosul, described by U.S. officials as al-Qaeda's last major urban stronghold in the country.

In another attack in the city Thursday, a Sunni politician was shot dead by unidentified gunmen.

Abdul-Kareem Khalaf al-Sharabi, deputy leader of the National Dialogue Front in Mosul, was gunned down near his house, reports said.

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