Bomb explodes at Shia holy site

04 November 2003
A large explosion near the Shia holy site of Karbala south of Baghdad on 4 November killed at least three people and injured about 12. The blast happened about 100 meters from the holy shrine to Imam Hussein, said a local cleric. Witnesses suggested that the blast might have been caused by a car bomb. The city has seen a number of violent incidents in recent months, many of which have been blamed on rival Shia groups.

In separate events, at least five explosions took place within minutes of one another in central Baghdad. No one was killed. An attack in Tikrit in northern Iraq killed on US soldier and injured another. The latest deaths bring to 139 the number of US servicemen killed in Iraq since US President Bush called an end to major combat operations on 1 May. Nearly 400 US soldiers have died since the start of military operations in Iraq.

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