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Death toll in Iraq triple bombings climb to 19
Death toll in Iraq triple bombings climbs to 19, dozens more injured
By The Associated Press

BASRA, Iraq (AP) ' Iraqi officials say the death toll in a triple bombing in a southern city has risen to 19.

Health and police officials say many of the wounded from Thursday evening's blasts died after being taken to the hospital.

A string of three bombs went off in an open-air market in Basra, about 340 miles (550 kilometers) southeast of Baghdad.

Many of the dead and wounded were security officials who rushed to the scene to help.

The police and health officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to reporters.

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