1 Jan 2013

More killings in Iraq

6:27 am on 1 January 2013

At least 22 people have been killed and 83 wounded in a series of bombings across Iraq.

In the deadliest single attack, seven people were killed in the town of Mussayib, south of the capital Baghdad.

At least two people were killed in the southern city of Hilla when a bomb exploded in a busy street.

The BBC reports five others were killed when a car bomb targeted Shia pilgrims in a district of Baghdad.

In the northern city of Kirkuk, a bomb went off as a police unit dismantled a rocket, killing two policemen and wounding four civilians.

And at least 10 people were wounded in an attack on a Shia procession in the eastern province of Diyala.

AAP reports Shi'ite pilgrims comprised most of the targets. Arbaeen commemoration ceremonies, an important date in the religious calendar for Shia Muslims, are due to begin this week.

The latest attacks come in the run-up to the commemoration of Arbaeen, an important date in the religious calendar for Shia Muslims.

Shia pilgrims have been frequent targets for Sunni extremists.