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Death toll in Iraq pilgrimage bombings reaches 72

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Iraqi security personnel inspect the site of a car bomb attack which killed Shia pilgrims.—Reuters Photo
Iraqi security personnel inspect the site of a car bomb attack which killed Shia pilgrims.—Reuters Photo

BAGHDAD: Security for a major Shia pilgrimage has been tightened in Baghdad, a day after coordinated bomb attacks mostly targeting religious processions killed at least 72 people.

Main Baghdad streets have been closed off with concrete blocks as the annual commemorations continue.

Wednesday's bombings targeted pilgrims walking to the shrine of the eighth-century Imam Moussa al-Kadhim.

Two officials from Interior and Health Ministries said Thursday that the 22 explosions that struck seven cities Wednesday also wounded 273 people.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media. The attacks came amid political tension over power-sharing. Iraq's Sunnis and Kurds accuse the Shia prime minister of consolidating power in his own hands.

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