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Bombs in Iraq holy city kill two, wound 50

The bombs hit a restaurant and a security checkpoint one km from the Imam Hussein shrine, one of the holiest sites for Shi'ite Muslims, in Kerbala, 80km south of Baghdad, police said.

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Two car bombs hit the Iraqi city of Kerbala on Monday, killing two people and wounding 50 others, authorities said.

The bombs hit a restaurant and a security checkpoint one km from the Imam Hussein shrine, one of the holiest sites for Shi'ite Muslims, in Kerbala, 80km (50 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.

Mohammed al-Mussawi, head of the Kerbala provincial council, told Reuters the blasts were about 500 metres (yards) from the provincial offices.

After the blasts, police heightened security around the Imam Ali shrine in the Shi'ite holy city of Najaf, about 160 km (100 miles) south of Baghdad.

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