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Attacks kill 13 in Iraq


Violence including a series of bombings in central and south Iraq killed 13 people on Sunday, security sources and medics said, bringing the July death toll to more than 350.

The attacks are just the latest in a surge in violence in which more than 2,600 people have died so far this year, according to AFP figures based on security and medical sources.

Iraq has faced years of attacks by militants, but analysts say widespread discontent among members of its Sunni Arab minority which the Shiite-led government has failed to address has driven the spike in unrest.

In Kut, south of Baghdad, a car bomb near a bakery killed three people and wounded 42, while another car bomb wounded two police to the north of Hilla, also south of the capital.

And in the southern port city of Basra, a sound bomb, a car bomb and a roadside bomb killed two people and wounded five.

Five other people were killed in Nineveh province in Iraq's north.

In one of those attacks a roadside bomb killed district councillor Mohammed Obaid Sultan south of Mosul, the province's capital, along with one of his sons. Another son was wounded.

The head of the same Hamam al-Alil district council, Saad Ali Shuwait, was targeted by another roadside bomb, which wounded four of his guards.

In Mosul itself, two soldiers were shot dead at a checkpoint.

Further south, a policeman was shot dead and another wounded in an attack on a checkpoint, while a roadside bomb targeted Nineveh police chief Brigadier General Khaled al-Hamdani's convoy, wounding three of his guards.

In Fallujah, west of Baghdad, gunmen shot dead police Lieutenant Colonel Iyad al-Samarraie and wounded two of his guards near a mosque.

And a roadside bomb near a restaurant, northwest of the Diyala provincial capital of Baquba, killed two people and wounded three.