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Officials: Landslide at Shiite shrine in Iraq kills 8

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BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say a landslide collapsed the ceiling of a Shiite shrine in central Iraq over the weekend and killed at least eight people, including a child. Rescuers were still trying to remove the rubble as they continued to search for survivors on Monday. The landslide struck the Qattarat al-Imam Ali shrine near the holy city of Karbala, south of Baghdad, on Saturday. Iraq’s civil defense says it hit the ceiling of the shrine, which lies in a natural depression, causing it to cave in and dumping a torrent of rock and mud inside the structure. Among the dead were five women, two men and a child. The civil defense says it rescued six people.

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