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Attacks in Baghdad and Karbala have killed 12 people on July 28.

A bomb in the capital's Shi'ite neighborhood of Sadr City killed five people, while a mortar attack in Karbala killed seven pilgrims to the Shi'ite holy city.

The attacks come as Shi'ia faithful conclude major religious ceremonies connected with the observance on July 27 of the birthday of the Mahdi, the 12th and last Shi'ite imam.

compiled from agency reports
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