Iraq: Scores killed in Karbala, Baghdad bridge attacks
The death toll from a suicide car bombing in the Iraqi city of Kerbala has risen to at least 56, with almost 70 more injured, police said on Saturday. According to Reuters, the attack in the Shi'ite city southwest of Baghdad was in a packed bus station.
It occurred near the Imam Hussein shrine, where the grandson of Islam's Prophet Muhammad is buried.
Khalid al-Daami, head of the city's security committee, said women and children were among the victims. "The explosion was a huge one. It took place in a crowded area, and the number of casualties will increase," al-Daami said, according to the AP.
In Baghdad, a suicide car bomb went off on a major bridge in downtown Baghdad, killing at least 10 people, police said. At least 15 people were hurt in the attack, which occurred on the Jadriyah bridge over the Tigris river.
It was the second attack on a major bridge in Baghdad this week. On Thursday, a suicide truck bomb collapsed the al-Sarafiyah bridge in northern Baghdad, killing 11 people.