Series of bomb attacks kill 52 people in central Iraq

January 15, 2014 | By | Reply More

Jan 15, – Bomb attacks hit the Iraqi capital Baghdad and a village near the northern town of Baquba on Wednesday, killing at least 52 people, police and hospital sources said.

hromedia At least 38 people killed in series of bomb attacks in central Iraq arab uprising2In the deadliest incident, a bomb blew up in a funeral tent where mourners were marking the death two days ago of a Sunni Muslim pro-government militiaman, police said. It killed 18 people and wounded 16 in Shatub, a village south of Baquba.

Two years after U.S. troops left Iraq, violence has climbed back to its highest levels since the Sunni-Shi’ite bloodshed of 2006-2007, when tens of thousands of people were killed.

Al Qaeda-linked militants are pursuing a campaign of attacks, mostly directed at state targets, Shi’ite civilians and Sunnis seen as loyal to the Shi’ite-led government.

Half a dozen car bombs exploded across the Iraqi capital on Wednesday, mostly in Shi’ite districts, killing 34 people and wounding 71, police and medics said.

The violence occurred amid a continuing standoff between the Iraqi army and Sunni militants who overran the city of Falluja west of Baghdad more than two weeks ago in a challenge to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s government.

Press journalist for HRO media – Khizer Hayat contributed to this report.

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