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Attacks in Hillah, Kut and Basra kill more than 10 in Iraq

Bombings across Iraq have killed at least 11 people and wounded dozens more. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the latest attacks.

Iraqi security forces and people stand at the site of a car bomb attack in Basra, 420 km (261 miles) southeast of Baghdad, October 13, 2013. A series of bombs killed at least ten people in mostly Shi'ite Muslim provinces of Iraq on Sunday ahead of the Muslim feast of Eid al-Adha, police and medical sources said. REUTERS/Essam Al-Sudani (IRAQ - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS CRIME LAW)

Irak Anschlag in Basra 13 Oktober 2013

The deadliest of Sunday's attacks, which targeted mainly commercial areas and bus stations, came in the southern city of Hillah, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) south of the capital, Baghdad. Back-to-back car bombings hit an outdoor market there, killing seven people and wounding more than 20, a police officer said.

Two other car bombs exploded simultaneously in the city of Kut, 160 kilometers southeast of Baghdad, killing at least three people and wounding more than 30.

In the northern city of Samarra, a bomb targeting a group of people mourning the victims of an explosion on Saturday killed at least one person and wounded 15. An attack in Basra wounded at least 13 people.

An increase in attacks since the beginning of the year has led to more than 5,000 deaths in Iraq. October alone has seen at least 258 people killed in the first two weeks. According to UN estimates, attacks in September killed at least 979 people, one of Iraq's highest monthly tolls in five years.

mkg/hc (Reuters, AFP, dpa, AP)