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4 pilgrims killed, 21 wounded in Iraq bombings

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BAGHDAD, Iraq, July 3 (UPI Asia) --Two roadside bombs targeting Shia pilgrims killed four people and wounded 21 Tuesday in central Iraqi city of Kerbala, police said.

Shia worshippers were targeted again southwest of Baghdad in what is termed as the latest in a series of bombings in Iraq.

Shia pilgrims in Kerbala will be celebrating the birthday of an important imam in the coming weeks.

Two weeks ago bombers struck at Shi'ite pilgrims celebrating a religious festival in Baghdad and across Iraq, killing more than 70 people.

The attack was termed as one of the bloodiest days since the last U.S. troops left Iraq in December, 2011.

Earlier this month,26 people were killed and more than 190 wounded when a suicide bomber detonated an explosive-rigged car outside a Shiite religious office in Baghdad.

The attack, later on, was claimed by al Qaeda's Iraqi affiliate, Islamic State of Iraq.

The bombings appeared to be the work of Sunni insurgents who often hit Shia targets to try to re-ignite the inter-communal violence that killed tens of thousands of people in 2006-2007.

The attacks were the latest in a particularly bloody month, as the Iraqi government struggles to maintain security.

At least 183 people have reportedly been killed since 13 June - already 51 more than the death toll for May, according to official figures
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