A female suicide bomber killed at least 35 people, including women and children, and wounded 65 others on a religious march near the holy Kadhimiyah shrine in northern Baghdad on Sunday. The woman blew herself up at a checkpoint as pilgrims commemorating the Muharram ceremonies converged on the mausoleum of Iman Mousa al-Kadhim, the most important religious site in Baghdad for Shiite Muslims, officials said. "A woman wearing an explosive belt blew herself up near one of the gates of the shrine," Major General Qassim Atta, who is Iraqi spokesman for security operations in Baghdad, told a foreign news agency. "According to our first preliminary report 35 were killed and 65 injured. Most of them were Iranian pilgrims and women and children," said Atta. He described the force of the blast as "very big."