Sunday, March 11, 2007


Over there:

BAGHDAD - At least 31 people died in central Baghdad when a suicide car bomber attacked a truck carrying Shiite pilgrims returning from a major religious commemoration on Sunday, police and hospital officials said.

The attack - which also injured at least 23 people - came a day after Iraqi leaders warned sectarian violence could eventually spread around the region.

The truck - carrying about 70 men and boys - was among the convoys carrying millions of pilgrims home from Karbala in southern Iraq, where Shiites attended an important religious event. Hundreds were killed by bombers and gunmen in the past days while heading to the annual gathering.