The bombs, which detonated about 15 minutes apart, were placed outside a security checkpoint and a restaurant popular with Shiite pilgrims visiting a nearby shrine to Imam Hussein, the Prophet Mohammed's grandson, the BBC reported Monday.
The BBC said one of the people killed in the blasts was identified as an official with Iyad Allawi's Iraqiya List, which won a narrow victory in the country's March 7 election.
The blasts came one day after a series of bomb attacks killed six people in Anbar province.
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