Blasts in Iraq Undermine Security Gains

BAGHDAD -- Three female suicide bombers killed at least 28 people and wounded 92 in Baghdad on Monday as Shiite pilgrims flooded into the Iraqi capital for a major religious event, police said.

In the northern oil city of Kirkuk, a suicide bomber killed at least 16 people and wounded 112 others at a demonstration against Iraq's provincial elections law, the U.S. military said.

The attacks underscored the fragility of recent security gains in Iraq, where violence has fallen to four-year lows.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the Baghdad blasts, but al-Qaida has often targeted Shiite pilgrims during religious events in Iraq.

The blasts occurred near the Karrada district in central Baghdad.

Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has increasingly urged foreign dignitaries and companies to come to Iraq in recent months, citing a rapidly growing army that has been able to keep the peace with minimal U.S. backup.