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Wave of Baghdad car bombs kills at least 34

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At least 34 people were killed in a string of Baghdad car bombings Saturday timed for nightfall, when Iraqi shoppers take to the streets during Ramadan, security sources and medics said.

They said around 100 people were wounded in 10 blasts in Baghdad: two attacks in a shopping street in the central district of Karrada, four in the south, another two in a northern area and two in the east.

Elsewhere five people were killed and two wounded when a bomb exploded among a group of youths gathered on a street in Madain south of the capital, security officers and a medic said.

A policeman was killed and another wounded in a bomb attack on a patrol in the northern town of Mosul, while three civilians were injured by an explosive device west of there.

And a woman died and 22 people including seven policemen were wounded when a booby-trapped car blew up to the southeast of Mosul.

Saturday's attacks came a day after a suicide bomber killed 20 people inside a crowded Sunni mosque north of Baghdad, as Iraq struggles to contain its worst violence since 2008.

Almost 490 people have been killed in violence across Iraq so far this month, according to a toll compiled by AFP from medical and security sources.

Iraq has faced years of attacks by militants, but analysts say widespread discontent among members of its Sunni minority, which the government has failed to address, has fuelled this year's surge in unrest.

Iraqi Sunnis accuse the Shiite-led government of marginalising and targeting their community, including making unwarranted arrests and terrorism charges.

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