Baghdad area bombings kill at least 24: officials

An Iraqi policeman looks on as he guards Shiite Muslims taking part in a parade in preparation for the peak of the mourning period of Ashura in Baghdad's northern district of Kadhimiya on November 1, 2014Bombings in the Baghdad area killed at least 24 people Saturday, just days ahead of major Shiite religious commemorations that face significant danger from militants, security and medical officials said. In the deadliest attack, a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-rigged truck at the checkpoint leading to southern Baghdad, killing at least 20 people and wounding at least 53. Pilgrims taking part in Ashura commemorations, which marks the death of Imam Hussein, one of the most revered figures in Shiite Islam, have been targeted in attacks that have killed dozens in past years.

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