Iraqi police have rounded up dozens of suspects in twin bombings that have killed more than 60 people in southern Iraq, as families of the victims buried their dead today, Monday. Authorities say about 55 suspects have been detained in connection with Sunday's suicide car bombings in the Shi'ite holy cities of Najaf and Karbala. In a third attack, insurgents pulled three Iraqi elections workers from a car in Baghdad and shot them dead on a busy street. Shi'ite leaders condemned the attacks, while urging their followers to remain calm. The head of a leading Shi'ite political party, Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, blamed the attacks on followers of Saddam Hussein and religious extremists.
Today in Baghdad, Prime Minister Iyad Allawi said steps are being taken to protect poll workers and polling stations ahead of January 30th elections.