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Iraq

Dozens dead after multiple car bombs strike Baghdad

A series of car bombs across Iraq, mostly targeting majority-Shiite areas, have claimed at least 39 lives. There were no immediate claims of responsibility. Iraq's surge follows protests among its Sunni Arab minority.

Officials said there were at least 10 car bomb explosions in Iraq on Monday, many in the capital Baghdad. The bombings struck mainly Shiite suburbs, including Narwahan, New Baghdad, Garage al-Amana, as well as the mixed neighborhood of Jihad in the city's west. Many of the bombings targeted markets and shops.

A police officer said a suicide attacker also struck an army barracks in the city of Mosul, 360 kilometers (220 miles) north of Baghdad, killing a soldier and a policeman. Seven were wounded.

In Tikrit, 130 kilometers (80 miles) north of Baghdad, a suicide bomber is believed to have detonated a belt rigged with explosives inside a university campus. It is not known if there were any casualties or injuries.

The attacks come after at least 23 people were killed on Saturday, including a suicide attack inside a Shiite mosque during evening prayers.

According to the United Nations, violence in May killed more than 1,000 people, mainly civilians, raising fears of a return to the sectarian tensions that drove the country to the brink of civil war in 2006 and 2007.

jr/ipj (AP, Reuters)

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