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Iraq bombs target Shiite pilgrims, killing more than 30

By the CNN Wire Staff
Monday's car bombing follows twin suicide attacks, pictured here on Thursday, January 20, that killed over 30 in Karbala.
Monday's car bombing follows twin suicide attacks, pictured here on Thursday, January 20, that killed over 30 in Karbala.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: At least 33 killed in 2 bombings
  • The explosions targeted Shiite pilgrims in Karbala for a religious observance
  • Police say 5 of Salaheddin Gov. Ahmed Abdullah's guards are wounded in another blast
RELATED TOPICS
  • Karbala
  • Iraq
  • Iraq War

Baghdad (CNN) -- Three bombings targeted Shiite pilgrims Monday in and around Karbala, Iraq, killing at least 33 people, officials said.

A suicide car bombing in the small town of Twareej, just outside Karbala, killed at least 20 people and wounded 35 others, Interior Ministry officials said.

Earlier, at least 13 people died when a car bomb exploded in a Karbala bus station crowded with Shiite pilgrims, who had traveled to the city for a religious observance, according to the Interior Ministry.

Another 45 people were wounded in the attack, which came near the peak of the Arbaeen, a religious observance that is one of the holiest days in the Shiite religious calendar.

An hour after the bus station bombing, a roadside bomb targeting Shiite pilgrims exploded in Karbala, wounding six people.

Karbala is located about 100 kilometers (60 miles) south of Baghdad.

The dead and wounded included women and children, and were among the hundreds of thousands of Shiite pilgrims who have gathered in Karbala for the observance.

The Arbaeen is the culmination of 40 days of mourning for Imam Hussein, a grandson of Mohammed who died in a 7th century battle in Karbala.

The latest explosions come four days after multiple bombings that left 50 people dead and 150 wounded, most of them Shiite pilgrims.

Also Monday morning, the governor of Iraq's Salaheddin province escaped unharmed after his convoy hit a roadside bomb in central Tikrit, police said.

Five of Gov. Ahmed Abdullah's guards were wounded in the attack, Tikrit police said.

Tikrit is about 160 kilometers (100 miles) north of Baghdad.

CNN's Mohammed Tawfeeq contributed to this report

 
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