Series of bomb attacks kills 46 in Iraq

August 26, 2013 2:00 pm

Series of bomb attacks kills 46 in Iraq

Baghdad 26th August 2013 : At least 46 people were killed in a series of bomb attacks across Iraq, at least 80 were wounded.

The blasts in Baghdad and the northern city of Baquba yesterday were caused by car and roadside bombings.

Violence during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which ended in early August, killed more than 670 people in the country.

The deadliest of the attacks took place in the centre of Baquba when a car bomb exploded outside an apartment and the second bombing in Baquba, close to a wedding party convoy.

Iraqi authorities said there was a further bombing inside a coffee shop. It killed three and wounded 16. A car bomb at a market in the south-eastern and largely Shia neighborhood of al-Ameen killed three civilians and wounded 13 others, according to reports.

Three other civilians were killed and six wounded when a bomb attached to a car exploded while passing through the capital’s eastern Zayona neighbourhood. Another bomb went off in a commercial area in the western Ghazaliya area. It killed two and wounding seven.

A blast killed four and wounded 13 youths who were playing football in Madain, to the south of the Iraqi capital, authorities said.

The rising level of casualties comes amid heightened tensions between Sunni and Shia Muslims. The violence has raised fears of a return to the worst of the ethnic and political bloodletting up to 2008.

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Ahmad Diyari Kaashif is a Senior Journalist and Head of the International Bureau at Qatar Chronicle

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