Aftermath of explosion in Hilla
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Wave of bomb attacks across Iraq 'kill 84'

A wave of bombings across Iraq has killed 84 people and injured nearly 300 in the deadliest day in the country since US troops withdrew last year.

Ten locations in Baghdad were hit. Many of the dead were Shia pilgrims gathering for a religious festival.

Two blasts near a restaurant in Hilla, south of Baghdad, are thought to have targeted police and security forces.

Journalist Hiwa Osman is in Erbil in northern Iraq. He said sectarian and ethnic tension had risen since the US withdrawal.

  • 13 Jun 2012