More Than 50 Dead In Iraqi Explosions

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Car bombs in several Iraq cities today have killed more than five dozen people.

Officials say the blasts targeted Shiite religious processions and dozens more people were wounded.

The bombs went off as pilgrims started to make their way to Baghdad to commemorate the death of one of the 12 principal Shiite saints.

Police say the first bomb struck a procession north of Baghdad, killing seven people and wounding more than 70. Within hours, four more explosions hit other processions in the capital.

Two car bombs went off minutes apart in the city of Hillah, 60 miles south of Baghdad. Another went off in the southern city of Karbala.

And two simultaneous bombs exploded north of Baghdad, in the Shiite town of Balad.


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