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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

11 killed in new Iraq attacks ahead of Shiite rituals

ZUBAIDIYAH, Iraq — A car bombing at a market in central Iraq killed eight people on Wednesday and three others were murdered in Baghdad, the latest in a spike in nationwide unrest ahead of Shiite rituals.

The violence came a day after a series of attacks across Iraq killed 38 amid preparations for ceremonies on Friday to commemorate the birth of a key figure in Shiite Islam.

In Wednesday's deadliest attack, a car bombing in the town of Zubaidiyah at 9:15 am (0615 GMT) killed eight people and wounded 37 others, a security official and a medic at a hospital in nearby Aziziyah said on condition of anonymity.

The medical official said a child was among the dead, and women and children were among the wounded.

About a dozen shops were badly damaged by the bombing, an AFP correspondent at the scene said, adding that security officials imposed a vehicle curfew on the town in the aftermath of the attack.

"It was a huge explosion this morning," said Hussein al-Zubaidi, who owns a grocery store in the market where the bombing took place.

"It was strange for us -- it is the first time this has happened in our town. We have only one ambulance, so people worked together to evacuate the victims."

In Baghdad, a series of assassinations by gunmen using silenced pistols left three people dead -- two police officers and a parliament official. Read More