(BAGHDAD) — Iraq’s weekend death toll exceeded 100, with scores more wounded, as militants targeted both children and Shiite pilgrims in what amounted to a particularly bloody two days.
Local authorities in the northern village of Tal Afar said car bomb blasts killed at least 15 people on Sunday outside an elementary school and a police station. Reports were that children were among those killed and wounded in Tal Afar, about 250 miles northwest of Baghdad.
In total, at least 35 people fatalities were reported around the country Sunday, including bombings directed at Shiites gathered in eastern and northern Baghdad.
On Saturday, a suicide bomber killed more than 50 people and wounded scores of others on the Al-A’imah bridge in northern Baghdad. The attack was directed against Shiite pilgrims. It was on the same bridge in August 2005 that rumors of a suicide bomber led to a stampede that killed 953 people, many of them crushed underfoot.
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Paul Cruickshank and Michael Pearson, CNN