Wave of attacks kills 65 people in Iraq

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BAGHDAD (AP) -- It's been the bloodiest day of violence in Iraq in nearly two months.

A double car bombing and a shooting killed 34 Shiite Muslims on a pilgrimage Monday. The attacks were the deadliest in the violence across the country that left at least 65 dead.

The worst attack took place in a southern Baghdad suburb, where two car bombs struck a group of Shiite pilgrims walking to the holy city of Karbala. The bombs killed 23 people and wounded more than 50 others.

Hundreds of thousands of Shiite pilgrims are making their way to the city to commemorate the end of 40 days of mourning following the anniversary of the death of the Prophet Muhammad's grandson.

Earlier in the day, gunmen opened fire on a bus in Mosul that was carrying Shiite pilgrims also traveling to Karbala, killing eleven of them.

 

Associated Press

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