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At least 52 people have been killed in fighting in Karbala, as thousands of Shia pilgrims gathered in the city for an annual festival.
Iraqi police imposed a curfew after gun fights entered a second day on Tuesday. It also ordered pilgrims to leave their devotions early.
The curfew failed to stop a third bout of shooting on Tuesday evening.
More than one million people had descended on the city, south of the Iraqi capital, amid tight security prompted by attacks in previous years.
Shooting first started on Monday night. The government reacted by deploying more troops to the area.
The Al-Mahdi Army, a militia loyal to populist leader Muqtada al-Sadr, has been accused by the interior ministry of attacking government forces in Karbala, the site of two shrines under the control of the Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council (SIIC).
Al-Sadr's forces are vying with the SIIC for power in the regions south of Baghdad.