KARBALA BOMBS KILL DOZENS DURING SHIA COMMEMORATIONS

Violence in Iraq has reduced in recent years, but attacks continue.

Two bomb attacks near the Iraqi city of Karbala have killed at least 50 people and injured more than 150, officials say.

The blasts happened on two routes being used by pilgrims taking part in the Shia Muslim commemorations of Arbaeen.

Earlier, a suicide bomber killed at least three people in the central city of Baquba – the second deadly attack in the city in as many days.

Violence in Iraq has reduced in recent years, but attacks continue.

Thursday’s bombings occurred near police checkpoints controlling the northern and southern entrances to Karbala.

Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims are converging on the city from all over the country for the Arbaeen festival, which reaches its climax next week.

Adil Barwari, an aide to Prime Minister Nouri Maliki, told AP that the attacks showed the militants’ determination “to undermine the new Iraqi government”.

The government, which includes the country’s major political factions, was approved by MPs last month, ending nine months of post-election deadlock.

The Karbala attacks came hours after a suicide bomber blew up his car outside police headquarters in Baquba, killing three and wounding about 30.

On Wednesday another suicide bomber in the city targeted a police compound, killing 14.

And on Tuesday in Tikrit, the home town of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, a suicide bomber joined a queue of about 100 police volunteers and killed about 60 of them.

US forces formally ended their combat operations last August, ahead of a planned full withdrawal later this year.

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