Published: Sep 12, 2011 10:25 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) - Two officials say the bodies of 22 Shiite pilgrims who were shot dead have been found in a remote desert area in western Iraq.
    
All of the dead were men. They appeared to have been forced off a bus of pilgrims traveling to a Syrian shrine Monday and shot one by one.
    
Two officials said the pilgrims all were from the holy Shiite city of Karbala in southern Iraq.
    
Their bodies were found a few miles (kilometers) away from a main highway between Baghdad and the Jordanian border in Iraq's Sunni-dominated Anbar province.
    
Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information.

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