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78 killed in Iraq blasts

06-14-2012 05:28 BJT

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At least 78 people have been killed and dozens more wounded in a series of bomb and gunfire attacks throughout Iraq.

The apparently coordinated explosions came ahead of Friday’s Shiite religious festival. Tens of thousands of pilgrims headed to the capital to march to the shrine of Imam Kad-hum, in honor of his death. Several car bombs ripped through the surrounding areas, causing large casualties. The first explosions occurred in downtown Hilla, some 100km South of Baghdad.

A burnt vehicle is removed from the site of a bomb attack, which killed
Shi'ite pilgrims who were making their way to a religious festival, in
Baghdad June 13, 2012.

Two car bombs were detonated near a restaurant in the city center, killing at least 20 people and wounded 38 others. Three policemen were gunned down by armed men in two attacks in the Sai-di-yah district. On Wednesday morning, two car bombs went off separately around the city of Balad, some 80 km north of Baghdad, killing four people and wounding 18 others.

A man takes photos at the site of a car bomb attack, which killed
Shi'ite pilgrims who were making their way to a religious festival, in
Baghdad June 13, 2012.

Editor:Wang Shuo |Source: CNTV.CN

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