Fox News: Homicide Bomber Kills at Least 38 in Baghdad
BAGHDAD — A female homicide bomber blew herself up on Sunday among a crowd of pilgrims worshipping at a revered Shiite shrine in northern Baghdad, killing at least 38 people and wounding about 72, the Iraqi army and police said.
The attack during one of the holiest periods for Shiite Muslims came just as Iraqi forces took the lead on security under an agreement with the United States that went into effect on New Year's Day. Under that agreement, U.S. forces take a back seat on security issues in much of the country following the Dec. 31 expiration of a U.N. mandate for foreign troops.
The woman, wearing a traditional black cloak, approached the gate to the shrine of Imam Mousa al-Kazim, one of the holiest men in Shiite Islam, witnesses said. She apparently blew herself while among a group of Iranian pilgrims in front of the shrine's main gate, they said.
"Around 16 Iranian pilgrims arrived here at this gate, they came from the market area and a few moments later a blast occurred," Mahir Abu Mahdi, a witness, told Associated Press Television News.
The office of Iraqi army spokesman Brig. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi confirmed a woman wearing an explosives vest was responsible for the attack, which occurred just before noon in the northern Shiite neighborhood of Kazimiyah.