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In pictures: Karbala attack

Bodies are collected from the site of the Karbala attack

In the minutes after a suicide bomber struck in the Iraqi city of Karbala, people were using blankets and stretchers to remove the bodies of the dead.

Bodies are wheeled away from the site of the Karbala attack

A market trolley was used to trundle some victims away.

People mop up blood at the site of the Karbala attack

At least 42 people are known to have been killed. Brushes were used to clear up the blood and debris.

A fire engine hose washes the site of the Karbala blast

A fire engine's hose wiped away the traces of the carnage.

Security forces guard the scene of the attack

Security forces stood around with rifles at the ready in a city which has been targeted by bombers in the past.

Scene of a bus bombing in Baghdad on 17 March

The Iraqi capital, Baghdad, also saw several bomb attacks. At least nine people were killed.

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