January 14th, 2012
03:48 AM ET

Bomber disguised as policeman kills 20 in Iraq

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) - A suicide bomber disguised as a policeman targeted Shiite pilgrims Saturday outside the southern Iraqi city of Basra, killing at least 20 people and wounding 70, according to authorities and state-run TV.

The bomber struck a police checkpoint near a Shiite mosque where many of the pilgrims were headed to mark a revered holy day, the end of a 40-day mourning period known as Arbaeen, Interior Ministry officials said.

There were conflicting casualty reports, with state-run Al Iraqiya reporting there were at least 20 people killed and 70 wounded, while Interior Ministry officials told CNN there were at least 10 dead and 30 wounded. Conflicting reports are common in Iraq in the aftermath of an attack.

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    Non è stata banasy alle 7:21 di sera.

    January 14, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      @JIF:

      Your trolldar is a bit off.
      It is me.
      His username is hilarious, and I'm aknowledging a message that he sent me earlier.

      January 14, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    @ banasy,
    OK. I make mistakes sometimes.
    Not often, thankfully.

    January 15, 2012 at 2:58 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      @JIF:
      They are few and far between....

      January 15, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
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