28 dead in Baghdad attacks

Military vehicles are seen at a U.S.-Iraqi military outpost in the Sadr City section of Baghdad, Friday, July 11, 2008, that was struck April 28 by an improvised rocket-assisted mortar, a weapon that Maj. Gen. Jeffery Hammond told The Associated Press on Friday is the greatest threat facing American troops in Iraq now. (AP Photo/Robert Burns)
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Baghdad (AP) The death toll is climbing in Baghdad after a coordinated series of bombs struck Shiite worshippers marching in a religious procession today.

Three suicide bombers and a roadside bomb have killed at least 28 people and wounded more than 90. Many of the dead are women and children.

Worshippers were on their way to a shrine to mark the death of an eighth-century saint.

Police say there are indications the suicide bombers were women. Insurgents have increasingly turned to women to launch those kinds of attacks, since they have an easier time hiding explosives and aren't often searched at checkpoints.

Authorities had deployed about 200 women to search female pilgrims in hopes of preventing attacks.




 
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