A series of bomb attacks across Iraq has killed at least 12 people, most of them Shia pilgrims, officials say. The worst incident was north of the capital, Baghdad, where two bombs, minutes apart, claimed the lives of at least seven pilgrims travelling to a shrine in the city of Samarra. Four more Shia pilgrims were killed in an attack in Hilla, south of Baghdad.
... Although sectarian violence has decreased in Iraq since the height of the insurgency in 2006 and 2007, attacks are still common. On Wednesday 42 people were killed in bombings - the deadliest day of the year so far.