Attacks, Clashes Kill More Than 50 in Iraq

Posted at: 07/02/2013 5:10 PM | Updated at: 07/02/2013 5:16 PM


BAGHDAD (AP) - More than 50 people are dead after a new wave of insurgent attacks in Iraq today.

Most of the attacks involved car bombs in Shiite areas. Al-Qaida's branch in Iraq frequently targets Shiites, security forces and civil servants in an effort to undermine the Shiite-led government in Baghdad. But there's been no claim of responsibility for today's attacks.

The deadliest was in Baghdad's northern Shaab neighborhood. A police officer says two parked car bombs targeted car dealers and a commercial area, killing nine people.

In another neighborhood in northern Baghdad, a bomb exploded in an open-air market, followed by a second blast after rescuers rushed to the scene. A police officer says four civilians and two policemen were killed.

Iraq has been seeing its deadliest outburst of violence since 2008, with more than 2,000 people killed since the start of April. The bloodshed appears to be largely the work of resurgent Sunni militants such as al-Qaida.

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