29 killed in latest wave of Iraq attacks

29 killed in latest wave of Iraq attacks
MGN Online
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 7:37am

Bombings killed at least 29 people and wounded scores of others in the latest wave of attacks in and around the Iraqi capital.

Sixteen people were killed and 74 were injured wounded by seven car bombs that exploded in Baghdad, targeting mainly Shiite areas, police said.

Two of the bombs detonated near a busy market in the mainly Shiite area of Hussainiya, in northern Baghdad, police said. The bombs, detonated at separate times, together killed at least eight people and injured at least 22.

In Baquba, about 60 kilometers (37 miles) north of Baghdad, 13 people were killed and 21 wounded in a bombing at the funeral of a school official, according to police.

Sectarian violence is on the upswing across Iraq.

In Anbar province to the west, al Qaeda-backed militants and Iraq's security forces are battling for control of Falluja and Ramadi. The violence recalls the bloody fighting at the height of the Iraq war that nearly tore the country apart.

The United Nations said 2013 was the deadliest year in Iraq since 2008, with almost 8,000 people killed, most of them civilians. Fears of all-out sectarian war have increased since violence broke out in Anbar province in recent days. 

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