In the city of Karbala, at least 49 people died and 100 were wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a holy Shi'ite shrine.
Shortly afterward in the city of Al-Ramadi, another 69 people were killed, and 70 others injured when a suicide bomber attacked police recruits.
Later in Karbala, five U.S. soldiers were killed after a third suicide bomber destroyed their vehicle.
On 4 January, another suicide bomber in the northern Iraqi town of Ba'qubah killed at least 36 mourners at a Shi'ite funeral.
(compiled from agency reports)
Coalition Images Of The Voting
The Multinational Force in Iraq on December 15, 2005, released official images of the voting in the legislative elections. To view a slideshow of their photographs, click on the image.
To see RFE/RL's special webpage about the election, click here.