Twin Bomb Blasts Kill 33 In Iraq

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Baghdad : Two bomb blasts in the southern Iraqi city of Samawah ,on Sunday, killed at least 33 people and wounded more than 50, security and medical officials said.

“The hospitals have received 33 dead,” a senior official in the Muthanna health department, which covers Samawa, told AFP. An officer in Muthanna Operations Command confirmed the toll.

The attacks came hours after Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered authorities to arrest and prosecute protesters who attacked security forces, lawmakers and damaged state property after breaking into Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone to protest delays in reform plans.

The Shiite-dominated city is located some 370 kilometers (230 miles) south of the capital, Baghdad.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but it bore the hallmarks of the Islamic State group. Commercial areas and public spaces in majority-Shiite towns and neighborhoods are among the most frequent targets for the militants, who view Shiite Muslims as apostates and seek to undermine government efforts to maintain security inside the capital.

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