Updated at 9:50 p.m. EST, Jan. 21, 2011
For the third day in a road, massive attacks targeting police and pilgrims have shocked Iraqis who hoped the seating of a new government would bring calm to the country. At least 61 were killed and 252 more were wounded in the violence which took place between Baquba and Karbala, including Baghdad, where many pilgrims are traveling by foot for Arbaeen observances.
Despite increased security, bombers have successfully attacked Shi’ite pilgrims trying to reach the holy city of Karbala ahead of Arbaeen next week. At least 56 were killed and scores more were wounded. One Health Ministry official placed the toll at 203 wounded, but at least 180 suffered injuries. Those numbers could change, as conflicting numbers are par for the course in significant attacks such as these. At least three car bombs at two different checkpoints were involved, and suicide vest bombers may have also been present. Three of the attackers were killed. The attacks occurred just outside the secure area of the city and left many security personnel dead or injured.
In Baquba, three people were killed and 30 others were wounded when a car bomb blasted a police station.
A bomb targeting pilgrims in Kanaan killed one and wounded 10 more.
In Baghdad, one pilgrim was killed and nine more were wounded during a roadside bombing in Doura.
The last Christians in Habbaniya Cece are considering abandoning their home for safer locations.
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