Iraqi police and medical officials said three near simultaneous explosions have rocked the southern Shiite city of Karbala, killing at least six people. According to the AP, a police official said Wednesday the first blast took place at 4 p.m. near one of the city's two major shrines.
Two additional blasts followed soon after at the second shrine, the official added. Police said at least 40 people have been hurt in the attacks.
On Tuesday, Iraq said at least 85,000 people lost their lives from 2004 to 2008 in violence. According to the first official report by the Iraqi government on the death toll since the occupation started, 147,195 were wounded during the same period.