Car bombs in Iraq claim casualties

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A number of car bombs in Iraq Wednesday killed at least 15, injuring dozens more, CNN said.
The attacks that took place in several different cities occurred on the eve of a Muslim festival that marks the start of a new Islamic year, the Chicago Tribune said.
The festival is celebrated and attended by Shiite Muslims who are a prime target of al Qaeda, the Chicago Tribune said.
Three car bombs in the city of Kirkuk, north of Baghdad killed nine, five of whom were Iraqi soldiers, and wounded 31 people, CNN said.
The southern Iraqi city of Hilla, which is predominantly Shiite, had a car bombing that killed five people and injured 12, CNN said.
"A car bomb exploded near a secondary school for girls and a crowded poultry market, leaving [five] dead, including innocent students. It's a real vicious terrorist act," said Hamza Kadhim, a local official in Hilla, as reported in the Chicago Tribune.
Two roadside bombs and one car bomb in Diyala Province targeted the convoy of Gov. Omer Aziz al-Hamri, but he was not hurt in the incident, CNN said. The bombs injured 11, CNN said.
While 150 people died last month in Iraq due to violence, the violence has decreased since the withdrawal of U.S. troops in December 2011, CNN said.

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