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40 Iraqis killed in suicide bombing near Shia shrine in Damascus

 40 Iraqis killed in suicide bombing near Shia shrine in Damascus


Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been supported in the country's war by Shia militias from countries including Iraq, Afghanistan and Lebanon. The attack took place at a bus station where the pilgrims had been brought to visit the nearby Bab al-Saghir cemetery, named after one of the seven gates of the Old City of Damascus. The second blast went off some 10 minutes after the first at around 10 a.m. (0800 GMT), inflicting casualties on civil defence workers who had gathered to tend to the casualties, the Damascus correspondent for al-Manar told the station by phone. The pilgrims were due to pray at the cemetery after visiting the Sayeda Zeinab shrine just outside Damascus, he said.