BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say at least 23 people are dead after a series of car bombings that targeted five Shiite mosques.
The bombings took place as worshippers emerged from Friday prayers. They were the latest assaults staged by insurgents trying to undermine the government's efforts to achieve security across Iraq.
There's been no claim of responsibility, but the attacks resemble those that have been routinely carried out by al-Qaida's Iraq branch.
The first of today's explosions involved a parked car in western Baghdad that blew up, killing seven worshippers and wounding 25 others. Additional attacks took place elsewhere in Baghdad and in the northern city of Kirkuk.
164-c-10-(Sinan Salaheddin (SEE'-nahn sah-lah-heh-DEEN'), AP correspondent)-"in communal prayers"-AP correspondent Sinan Salaheddin reports it's not unusual for suicide attacks to take place on Friday. (29 Mar 2013)
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163-c-12-(Sinan Salaheddin (SEE'-nahn sah-lah-heh-DEEN'), AP correspondent)-"bomb as well"-AP correspondent Sinan Salaheddin reports a series of car bombings in Iraq has struck five Shiite mosques as worshippers were emerging from Friday prayers. (29 Mar 2013)
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APPHOTO BKM103: Residents leave their destroyed homes after a suicide car bomb attack in Kirkuk, 180 miles (290 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, March 29, 2013. A suicide bomber drove his explosive-laden car into a group of worshippers as they were leaving a mosque after Friday prayers. A string of bombings targeting Shiite mosques on Friday, killing and wounding dozens of people, police said. (AP Photo/Emad Matti) (29 Mar 2013)
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APPHOTO BAG104: Iraqi security forces gather at the scene of a car bomb attack in Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, March 29, 2013. A parked car bomb exploded near the al-Mahdi mosque in the northeastern Binook neighborhood as worshippers were leaving Friday prayers, killing and wounding several, just one of a string of bombings targeting Shiite mosques on Friday, killing and wounding dozens of people, police said.(AP Photo/Karim Kadim) (29 Mar 2013)
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