Iraq attacks kill 80 during pilgrimage
Iraq has experienced one of its bloodiest days after a spate of bombing and shooting attacks left at least 80 people dead and over 300 wounded across the country, Press Tv reported.
At least 30 people lost their lives in coordinated attacks that hit 10 locations in and around the capital Baghdad on Wednesday.
The attacks mainly targeted pilgrims as they were making their way to the shrine of Shia Imam Moussa ibn Jaafar al-Kadhim (PBUH) in the city's Kadhimiya neighborhood to commemorate his martyrdom.
According to the police, the first bomb struck a procession of pilgrims in the capital's northern neighborhood of Taji at around 05:00 a.m. local time.Dozens of others were also injured after a bomb exploded, ripping through refreshment tents along the route to the Imam's holy shrine.
Around 100 kilometers to the south of the capital in the city of Hilla, 22 people were killed and scores more injured when two car bombs went off almost simultaneously near a restaurant, said to be frequented by the police and security forces.
Over a dozen people have also been killed in the holy city of Karbala and the oil-rich city of Kirkuk respectively in central and northern Iraq.
Reports also pointed to bomb explosions in the country's second-largest city of Mosul as well as the city of Balad, some 80 kilometers (close to 50 miles) to the north of Baghdad.
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attacks.Explosions and shootings take place across the country on a daily basis, often targeting Shia-majority areas and local security forces.
According to an official figure released by the Iraqi Ministry of Interior, a total of 132 Iraqis were killed in May.