(BAGHDAD) — A series of bombings targeting Shiites in Iraq on Wednesday have left dozens dead and hundreds more wounded, according to local officials.
Most of the blasts occurred in Baghdad and in nearby cities, including Hilla, where at least 20 people were killed after two car bombs went off.
The bombings came as Shiites were making their pilgrimage to the Iraqi capital to commemorate the death of revered Imam Moussa al-Kadhim. The interior ministry had heightened security measures to keep the visitors marching to al-Kadhim’s shrine safe.
No one has yet claimed responsibility for Wednesday’s attacks.
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Dana Ford, CNN Newswire
Roshni Majumdar and Deborah Bloom, CNN Newswire