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Iraq attacks claim 46 lives; Shiite pilgrims taken from bus, killed

Dec. 16, 2013 at 11:02 AM

TIKRIT, Iraq, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- About 46 people were killed in attacks across Iraq, including 12 religious pilgrims who were pulled from a bus and shot, police officials said Monday.

The Shiite pilgrims were headed for Baghdad to begin a pilgrimage to the city of Karbala when they were taken off the bus and shot on the side of the road, the New York Times reported.

In other attacks:

-- At least 17 people died and 52 were wounded in explosions of at least five car bombs and three roadside bombs around Baghdad, CNN reported.

-- Four police officers died and four others were wounded when a car bomb detonated outside a police station in Baiji and gunmen then stormed the building, officials said.

-- At least four Iraqi soldiers died and four others were wounded in Azham when a suicide bomber attacked a military base, police officials said.

-- In Tikrit, gunmen seized an unknown number of City Council employees but there was no immediate report of casualties, China's Xinhua News Agency reported.

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