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Iraq Uncovers Mass Grave in Shi'ite Holy City

Iraqi authorities say they have found a mass grave containing at least 20 bodies in Karbala, a holy city for Shi'ite Muslims.

They say the grave was found by construction workers who were laying a pipeline near the mausoleum of Imam Hussein, which is the Shi'ites' holiest shrine.

Authorities are examining the remains, which they say include the bodies of women and children. They believe those in the grave were victims of Saddam Hussein's bloody suppression of a Shi'ite uprising after the Gulf War in 1991.

More than 200 suspected mass graves have been reported since the fall of Saddam's regime in 2003. Most of them were found in Iraq's Shi'ite-dominated south and northern Kurdish region.

Some information for this report AFP and Reuters.