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A series of coordinated car bombings targeting Shia Muslims on pilgrimage in Iraq killed at least 65 people and wounded more than 200 others Wednesday, making it one of the deadliest days in the country since U.S. troops left.
The BBC reports that the bombings hit at least 10 locations in Baghdad where Shia Muslims were gathering for a religious festival. The attacks are the latest in recent days against the pilgrims, who are marking the anniversary of the death of Shia imam Moussa al-Kadhim.
Other bombings—at least 16 in total on Wednesday—were reported in Hillah, Karbala, Taji and Balad. The Associated Press notes that no one has claimed responsibility for the blasts, but that they resembled previous ones by Shiite insurgents in the country.
The violence is the latest signs of the sectarian tension that has embroiled much of the country since American troops withdrew at the end of last year.