Officials: Attacks on Iraqi Shiites kill 24

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By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say two overnight attacks against Shiites have killed at least 24 people and wounded 49.

A police officer says a suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden motorcycle into a funeral tent for a Shiite family in Muqdadiyah, killing 13 people. The town is about 90 kilometers (60 miles) north of Baghdad.

The mayor of the northern town of Dujail says a parked car bomb went off outside a Shiite mosque there late on Thursday.

Nayif al-Khazrachi says as people gathered around the blast site, another bomb went off. The twin bombing killed at least 11 people. Dujail is about 80 kilometers (50 miles) from Baghdad.

Two medical officials confirmed the casualty figures. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to talk to the media.

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