BAGHDAD (AP) - Car bombs in four Iraqi cities today have killed more than 50 people.

Officials say the blasts targeted Shiite religious processions. They say dozens more were wounded and the death toll is likely to rise.

The bombs went off as pilgrims started to make their way to Baghdad to commemorate the death of one of the 12 principal Shiite saints.

Police say the first bomb struck a procession in a northern Baghdad neighborhood. Within hours, three more explosions hit other processions in different parts of the capital.

Two car bombs went off minutes apart in the city of Hillah, 60 miles south of Baghdad. Another went off in the southern city of Karbala.

And two simultaneous bombs exploded north of Baghdad, in the Shiite town of Balad.

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