Iraq: Death Toll Rises in Monday Bombings

BAGHDAD (AP) - The deadliest day in Iraq this year just got worse.

Basra and Hilla south of Baghdad reported new deaths today from yesterday's bombings. That brings the death toll to 119 for a devastating day of attacks across Iraq.

A medical official at the Basra morgue said 30 people died, nearly twice as many as were originally reported, in the string of three bombings that ripped through the city.

In Hillah, which saw the worst attack, police say five more people died, raising the toll there to 50. A pair of car bombs near a factory lured rescuers and onlookers to the scene where a suicide bomber detonated himself in their midst.

The relentless cascade of bombings and shootings - hitting at least 10 cities and towns as the day unfolded - raised questions about whether Iraqi security forces can protect the country as the U.S. prepares to leave.


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