Posted: Oct 27, 2012 6:58 PM
BAGHDAD - More than 30 people have been killed today in a series of bombings and other attacks in Iraq.
The attacks targeting Iraq's Shiite community occurred in spite of increased security for a major Muslim holiday.
The deadliest blast happened on the outskirts of Baghdad, where playground equipment had been set up in a market for the holiday. Police say eight people were killed, including four children.
Elsewhere, a bomb attached to a bus carrying Iranian Shiite pilgrims killed five people on their way to a Baghdad shrine. A car bomb near a market in the Shiite neighborhood of Sadr city killed seven people, and a second blast half an hour later killed six at one of Sadr city's bus stations.
In the northern city of Mosul, gunmen broke into the houses of two families, killing a boy and his parents in one and a mother and daughter in the other.
Authorities had increased security in hopes of preventing attacks during the four-day Eid al-Adha (eed al-AHD'-hah) celebrations, when people are off work and families gather in public places.
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