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Iraq: Baghdad province bombings kill 38

A series of car and roadside bombs hit Baghdad province on Monday evening, killing at least 38 people in the latest coordinated attacks in the Iraqi capital.

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A series of car and roadside bombs hit Baghdad province on Monday evening, killing at least 38 people in the latest coordinated attacks in the Iraqi capital, officials said.

Eight car bombs and two roadside bombs exploded in eight areas in and around Baghdad, also wounding more than 80 people, the sources said.

In the deadliest attack, a parked car blew up in a commercial street in Husseiniya, killing five people.

Separately, four members of a government-backed Sunni militia were killed in a roadside bombing in northern Baghdad earlier on Monday, and six people including a police officer died in fighting between militants and special forces in Hilla, 100 km (60 miles) south of the capital.

The attacks came a day after two bombings in Baghdad, including a suicide attack against Shiite pilgrims, killed 14 people.

AFP journalists heard one of the blasts in central Baghdad, followed by emergency vehicle sirens.

More from GlobalPost: What's behind the spike of violence in Iraq?

Violence in Iraq has reached a level unseen since 2008, amid persistent fears of a relapse into the kind of intense Sunni-Shiite bloodshed that peaked in 2006-2007 and killed tens of thousands of people.

With the latest violence, more than 190 people have been killed so far this month, and over 4,900 since the beginning of the year, according to AFP figures based on security and medical sources.

 

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