BAGHDAD (November 29, 2012)--At least 39 people were killed and more than 100 were wounded Thursday in a wave of bombings in two major cities south of Baghdad, Iraqi officials said.
The attacks targeted Shiite Muslims.
The deadliest attack was in Hillah, where back-to-back explosions in a busy commercial area killed at least 27 people and wounded as many as 90.
Police said insurgents first detonated a roadside bomb that was followed by a car bomb explosion when rescuers rushed to the scene.
Just hours earlier, a parked car bomb went off at one of the gates to the city of Karbala, killing six people and wounding 20.
Sunni militants, who view the Shiites as heretics, have often targeted Shiite religious ceremonies.
Iraq has seen repeated deadly attacks against Shiites commemorating the anniversary of Imam Hussein's death, but the latest attacks were the deadliest since ceremonies started last Sunday.