Explosions across Iraq

Published January 23rd, 2011 - 09:58 GMT

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At least 50 people died in a spate of explosions across Iraq on Thursday, including 45 in twin suicide car bombs that rocked the holy city of Karbala, the third major attack in as many days.

The attacks mostly targeted pilgrims marking the Shiite Muslim mourning day of Arbaeen, and were the latest in a series of bombings that have shattered a relative calm in Iraq following the formation of a new government last month.

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Iraqi mourners carry the coffin of a victim of a spate of blasts that hit across Iraq.
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Image 1 of 9:  1 / 9Iraqi mourners carry the coffin of a victim of a spate of blasts that hit across Iraq.

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Members of Iraq security forces gather on the site of an explosion in Karbala. As a spate of attacks across Iraq killed at least 50 people, most of them in twin suicide car bombings in the holy city of Karbala, the third major attack in as many days.
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Image 2 of 9:  2 / 9Members of Iraq security forces gather on the site of an explosion in Karbala. As a spate of attacks across Iraq killed at least 50 people, most of them in twin suicide car bombings in the holy city of Karbala, the third major attack in as many days.

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Members of Iraq security forces gather on the site of an explosion in Karbala.
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Image 3 of 9:  3 / 9Members of Iraq security forces gather on the site of an explosion in Karbala.

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People gather on the site of an explosion.
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Image 4 of 9:  4 / 9People gather on the site of an explosion.

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An injured Iraqi waits in the back of an ambulance in Karbala.
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Image 5 of 9:  5 / 9An injured Iraqi waits in the back of an ambulance in Karbala.

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Shiite Muslim pilgrims walk on a main highway linking Baghdad to the central shrine city of Karbala, 120 kms south of the capital, on their way to attend the upcoming Arbaeen religious festival which marks the 40th day after Ashura.
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Image 6 of 9:  6 / 9Shiite Muslim pilgrims walk on a main highway linking Baghdad to the central shrine city of Karbala, 120 kms south of the capital, on their way to attend the upcoming Arbaeen religious festival which marks the 40th day after Ashura.

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A handicapped Shiite pilgrim is pushed on a wheelchair on a highway linking Baghdad to Karbala, 120 kms south of the capital.
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Image 7 of 9:  7 / 9A handicapped Shiite pilgrim is pushed on a wheelchair on a highway linking Baghdad to Karbala, 120 kms south of the capital.

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Members of Iraqi security forces gather next to the ruins of the Baquba headquarters of the Force Protection Service (FPS), where a suicide bomber rammed an ambulance packed with explosives killing 13 people.
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Image 8 of 9:  8 / 9Members of Iraqi security forces gather next to the ruins of the Baquba headquarters of the Force Protection Service (FPS), where a suicide bomber rammed an ambulance packed with explosives killing 13 people.

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The damage that was made by a suicide bomber who rammed an ambulance packed with explosives.
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Image 9 of 9:  9 / 9The damage that was made by a suicide bomber who rammed an ambulance packed with explosives.

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Iraqi mourners carry the coffin of a victim of a spate of blasts that hit across Iraq.

Image 1 of 9Iraqi mourners carry the coffin of a victim of a spate of blasts that hit across Iraq.

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Members of Iraq security forces gather on the site of an explosion in Karbala. As a spate of attacks across Iraq killed at least 50 people, most of them in twin suicide car bombings in the holy city of Karbala, the third major attack in as many days.

Image 2 of 9Members of Iraq security forces gather on the site of an explosion in Karbala. As a spate of attacks across Iraq killed at least 50 people, most of them in twin suicide car bombings in the holy city of Karbala, the third major attack in as many days.

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Members of Iraq security forces gather on the site of an explosion in Karbala.

Image 3 of 9Members of Iraq security forces gather on the site of an explosion in Karbala.

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People gather on the site of an explosion.

Image 4 of 9People gather on the site of an explosion.

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An injured Iraqi waits in the back of an ambulance in Karbala.

Image 5 of 9An injured Iraqi waits in the back of an ambulance in Karbala.

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Shiite Muslim pilgrims walk on a main highway linking Baghdad to the central shrine city of Karbala, 120 kms south of the capital, on their way to attend the upcoming Arbaeen religious festival which marks the 40th day after Ashura.

Image 6 of 9Shiite Muslim pilgrims walk on a main highway linking Baghdad to the central shrine city of Karbala, 120 kms south of the capital, on their way to attend the upcoming Arbaeen religious festival which marks the 40th day after Ashura.

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A handicapped Shiite pilgrim is pushed on a wheelchair on a highway linking Baghdad to Karbala, 120 kms south of the capital.

Image 7 of 9A handicapped Shiite pilgrim is pushed on a wheelchair on a highway linking Baghdad to Karbala, 120 kms south of the capital.

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Members of Iraqi security forces gather next to the ruins of the Baquba headquarters of the Force Protection Service (FPS), where a suicide bomber rammed an ambulance packed with explosives killing 13 people.

Image 8 of 9Members of Iraqi security forces gather next to the ruins of the Baquba headquarters of the Force Protection Service (FPS), where a suicide bomber rammed an ambulance packed with explosives killing 13 people.

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The damage that was made by a suicide bomber who rammed an ambulance packed with explosives.

Image 9 of 9The damage that was made by a suicide bomber who rammed an ambulance packed with explosives.

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