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Attacks, bombings across Iraq kill at least 88 people

AFP, KIRKUK and BAGHDAD, Iraq

Two suicide bombers detonated explosives-rigged vehicles at a police station and a nearby primary school in northern Iraq yesterday, killing 15 people including children, a local official said.

The blasts in the Turkmen Shiite village of Qabat, near the Syrian border, also wounded 44 people, Abdulal Abbas said.

The dead were five police and 10 children, Abbas said, adding that the bombing at the school collapsed the roof of the building.

The blasts came a day after violence, including an attack on Shiite pilgrims in Baghdad and a suicide bombing at a cafe north of the capital, killed at least 73 people.

Accounts differed as to whether the attack on the pilgrims in the Adhamiyah area of north Baghdad, which killed at least 49 people and wounded a minimum of 75, was a bomb followed by a suicide attack, or just a suicide bombing.

It came as pilgrims walked to a shrine to commemorate the death of Imam Mohammed al-Jawad, the ninth Shiite imam.

Earlier on Saturday, gunmen killed two Iraqi journalists in the northern city of Mosul.

The Sharqiya TV channel said two of its journalists — correspondent Mohammed Karim al-Badrani and cameraman Mohammed Ghanem — were “assassinated” in Mosul.

Police and a doctor confirmed the two journalists had been shot.

Their reports on security forces and officials in Mosul had brought death threats from militant groups opposed to the government, a Sharqiya journalist told reporters on condition of anonymity.

In the town of Balad, north of the capital, a suicide bomber struck a cafe, killing 12 people and wounding 35, police and a doctor said.

The same cafe was attacked by a suicide bomber in August, killing 16 people.

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