NAJAF, Iraq — Three bombs exploded in quick succession after sunset Thursday in the southern city of Najaf, killing up to 25 people and wounding scores of others, Iraqi Interior Ministry officials said.
The blasts occurred in a crowded open-air fish and vegetable market near the landmark Imam Ali shrine, a popular pilgrimage destination for Shiite Muslims from around the world. The bombings shattered a yearlong lull in violence in Najaf that had allowed the religious tourism industry to flourish, with new hotels and restaurants packed most nights with pilgrims, mostly from neighboring Iran.
No firm death toll could be confirmed as of late Thursday.
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