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Car bomb leaves 10 dead in central Iraq

By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 5:23 AM EDT, Sat October 1, 2011
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • 10 people die in a bomb blast
  • The attack occurs south of the Iraqi capital, near the city of Hilla
  • The bombing comes less than a week after a separate attack in Karbala

(CNN) -- The death toll from a car bomb attack in central Iraq on Friday grew to 10, Interior Ministry officials said Saturday.

The attack occurred during a funeral procession near the city of Hilla, south of the Iraqi capital.

Forty people were wounded by the attack.

The attack comes less than a week after four consecutive explosions rocked the city of Karbala, leaving 10 people dead and 70 wounded. All four blasts targeted civilians on their way to the Directorate of Travel and Nationality, police said.

Both Hilla to the south and Karbala to the southwest are about 90 to 100 kilometers (55 to 62 miles) from Baghdad.

Journalist Muhaiman Mohammed contributed to this report.

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