The car bombs rocked the northern city of Kirkuk, as well as several sites inside and outside Baghdad, reports CNN. One of the three blasts in Kirkuk destroyed the local offices of the Kurdistan Democratic Party and all of them targeted the mainly Kurdish northern area of the city.
In Baghdad, three blasts took lives of at least 19 people and injured 72 others, an interior ministry official told AFP. Bombs went off almost simultaneously outside mosques in the Shulla, Sbaa-Abkar and Hurriya neighborhoods. Dozens of Shiites gathered there for the Day of Ashura, which marks the climax of the mourning for the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of Prophet Mohammad.
No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attacks, but car bombs may indicate Sunni insurgents who often carry out attacks against Iraq's Shiite majority. Other reports suggest al-Qaeda in Iraq might be behind the bombings.
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A Kurdish security officer stands guard next to the destroyed headquarters of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (PDK) after a bomb attack in Kirkuk, some 250 kms (155 miles) north of Baghdad, November 27, 2012 (Reuters / Stringer)
Security personnel inspect the site of a car bomb attack in Kirkuk, 250 kms (155 miles) north of Baghdad, November 27, 2012 (Reuters / Stringer)