Last updated: 1 february, 2010 - 17:18 GMT

Female suicide bomber kills Shia pilgrims in Iraq

Iraqi soldier stands guard as Shia pilgrims head to Karbala

The Shia pilgrims were marking Arbaaen, the end of 40 days of mourning for the death of Prophet Muhammad's grandson

A woman has blown herself up in north-east Baghdad, killing more than 40 people and injuring about 100 others.

Most of the casualties are believed to be Shia pilgrims, who were making the journey to Karbala, 80km south of the Iraqi capital.

In recent years the pilgrimage has been the target of similar attacks, blamed on Sunni extremists.

The BBC's Gabriel Gatehouse speaks to Newshour about what happened.

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First broadcast 1 February 2010

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