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Monday 9 January 2012

New attacks kill 45 in southern Iraq

New attacks kill 45 in southern Iraq
Thu Jan 5, 2012 1:21PM GMT
Iraqis inspect the scene of a bomb blast in Baghdad's northern neighborhood of Kazimiyeh which was hit by twin car bomb attacks on January 5, 2012.
At least 45 people have been killed in new outbreak of violence in Iraq's southern city of Nassiriya following a string of bombings that killed two dozen others in Baghdad.

The incident occurred on Thursday when a roadside bomb detonated on the outskirts of Nassiriya.

Up to 70 people were also injured in the bomb attack that targeted a group of Shia pilgrims walking to the holy shrine city of Karbala for the commemorations marking the 40th day after the martyrdom of the third Shia Imam, Imam Hussein (PBUH).

Earlier in the day, Baghdad's northeastern neighborhood of Sadr City and later Kazimiyeh in the capital's north were rocked by a number of deadly bombings that left at least 24 people dead.

Thursday's attacks were the deadliest Iraq has witnessed in the past month, following the multiple bomb explosions of December 22, 2011 where dozens of people were killed in nine neighborhoods in the capital.


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