Bombings, House Raids Leave More than 30 Dead in Iraq

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

BAGHDAD (AP) - More than 30 people have been killed today in a series of bombings and other attacks in Iraq.

The attacks targeting Iraq's Shiite community occurred in spite of increased security for a major Muslim holiday.

The deadliest blast happened on the outskirts of Baghdad, where playground equipment had been set up in a market for the holiday. Police say eight people were killed, including four children.

Elsewhere, a bomb attached to a bus carrying Iranian Shiite pilgrims killed five people on their way to a Baghdad shrine. A car bomb near a market in the Shiite neighborhood of Sadr city killed seven people, and a second blast half an hour later killed six at one of Sadr city's bus stations.

In the northern city of Mosul, gunmen broke into the houses of two families, killing a boy and his parents in one and a mother and daughter in the other.

Authorities had increased security in hopes of preventing attacks during the four-day Eid al-Adha celebrations, when people are off work and families gather in public places.

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