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Iraq: Four Iranians killed in Karbala explosion

Baghdad, Jan 5, IRNA-Four Iranian nationals were killed and 13 others injured in a bomb explosion in the Iraqi holy city of Karbala Thursday morning, it was announced in Baghdad on Thursday.

Karbala Chief of Police Colonel Abdul Razaq Taai told IRNA that the Iranian pilgrims were among 44 people killed in the explosion.

According to reports, another 52 people were wounded in the blast that occurred near a Shiite shrine, the bloodiest attack in Iraq since the landmark election on December 15 and the worst in Karbala in almost two years.

Karbala has been relatively quiet for the past year, but peace was shattered Wednesday when a car bomb exploded in the city, wounding two people.

The last large-scale attack in Karbala occurred in December 2004 when a car bomb exploded, killing 14 and wounding 57 others.

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