A wave of of bombings and shooting has rocked Iraqi cities of Baghdad and Hilla, leaving at least 62 people dead and 165 wounded.
In Hilla, two car bombs exploded, killing at least 32 people and wounding 53. In Baghdad and its suburbs, about a dozen bombs, including several car bombs, exploded . At least 18 people were killed and 48 others were wounded. Armed robberies were also reported in several districts of the capital.
Another attack with two car bombs in the town of Balad left six people dead and wounded 32 others.
Among the wounded were five pilgrims from Iran, security source said.
A car bomb in Al-Azizyah, south of Baghdad, killed two people and wounded at least two others, a police captain and a medical source said.
An Interior Ministry source said that a gunmen attacked a house north of Baquba, killing a father and wounding his wife and three children, while a car bomb against a police patrol in the city wounded four police. A medical source in Baquba hospital confirmed the toll.
According to police officials, the attackers target the Shiite pilgrims who are arriving in the Iraqi capital this Wednesday to attend memorial events timed for another death anniversary of the seventh imam Musa al-Kazim.
The police said that the number of the victims is expected to rise.
Iraq's interior ministry said in a statement police as well as security authorities have put security forces on high alert to prevent further attacks on the pilgrims walking towards shrines of imams Musa al-Kazim.