Deadly blasts hit Iraqi city

Five people killed and 55 others wounded in car bombings in southern Iraq.

    The blasts came days after Iraq's election commission announced results from the March 7 poll [Reuters]

    The governor was not near either blast.

    The blasts occurred near several local government offices, Mohammed al-Mussawi, the head of the Karbala provincial council, told the Reuters news agency.

    The attacks come days after Iraq's election commission announced complete results from the March 7 vote in which the Iraqiya party of Iyad Allawi, a former prime minister, narrowly edged out the State of Law bloc led by Nouri al-Maliki, the incumbent prime minister.

    Allawi is pressing ahead with forming a government despite protests from al-Maliki against the outcome.

    Iraqiya took 91 seats - two more than State of Law - in the final tally.

    Allawi has said he hopes to form a government aligned with his secular principles.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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