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Wave of bombings south of Baghdad kills 16 | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi police and health officials say bombings in two cities south of Baghdad have killed at least 16 people and wounded over 65.

A police officer says back-to-back explosions on Thursday in a busy commercial area of the city of Hillah killed at least 10 people and wounded 45. He says the attacks started with a roadside bombing that was followed by a car bomb explosion when rescuers rushed to the scene.

Police and health officials say a car bomb blast at the gates of the southern city of Karbala killed six people and wounded 20 just hours earlier.

Both cities lie in Iraq’s Shiite heartland in the country’s south. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk to the media.