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Two bombs kill 28 people in Iraq Shi'ite cities

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Thu, 29 Nov 2012 08:38 GMT
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HILLA, Iraq, Nov 29 (Reuters) - Bombs in two majority Shi'ite Muslim cities in southern Iraq killed 28 people on Thursday, police and hospital sources said.

Scores were wounded in the blasts, which struck during a month Ashura, a holy month for Shi'ites who are often targeted by al Qaeda's Iraqi affiliate and other Sunni Muslim insurgents.

Two explosions near a restaurant in the city of Hilla, 100 km (62 miles) south of Baghdad, killed 26 people.

In the city of Kerbala, a car bomb near a bus terminal where Shi'ite pilgrims usually gather killed another two people, a spokesman for the local health office said.

Violence in Iraq has eased since the carnage of 2006-2007, but Sunni Islamists still launch frequent attacks, seeking to reignite sectarian strife and undermine the Shi'ite-led government's efforts to provide security.

On Tuesday, car bombs targeting Shi'ites in mourning processions killed 14 people in Baghdad. (Reporting by Ali al-Rubaie; Writing by Isabel Coles; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)

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