Car bombs in Iraq kill 15

Associated Press

BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iraqi provincial health official says two car bombs have killed at least 11 Shiite pilgrims north of Baghdad, bringing the day's death toll in a series of attacks to 15.

The latest explosions struck Thursday morning near Dujail, 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of Baghdad, as the pilgrims were heading to a shrine in the town of Samarra.

Raed Ibrahim, the head of the Salahuddin provincial health directorate, provided the death toll and says more than 60 were wounded.

Earlier, another car bomb killed four Shiite pilgrims as they were heading to shrines in the country's south.

Shiite pilgrims are a favorite target for Sunni insurgents who seek to undermine the country's Shiite-led government.

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BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi authorities say a car bomb has killed four Shiite pilgrims as they were heading to shrines in the country's south.

Police officials say the Thursday morning attack involved a car bomb that struck a bus carrying the pilgrims near the Shiite holy city of Karbala. The blast also wounded 12 pilgrims.

A medical official in a nearby hospital confirmed the casualties. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk to the media.

Violence has ebbed in across Iraq, but insurgents frequently attack security forces and Shiite pilgrims in an attempt to undermine the country's Shiite-led government.

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