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Iraq: Car bombs target Shiites

Two car bombs in Iraq targeted Shiite communities on Monday, killing at least 11.

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Two car bombs set off in Iraq killed at least 11 people. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Car bombs were set off in two Iraqi cities on Monday, killing at least 11 people in the latest attacks on Shiites in the country this month, the Associated Press reported.

More and more violence continues to happen across Iraq since American troops left, leaving at least 150 people dead from a series of bombs since the beginning of the month, the AP reported. The majority of the attacks are targeted at Shiite Muslims.

One car bomb exploded inside of a residential complex for displaced Shiites in the city of Mosul, where at least nine people were killed and five were wounded, Reuters reported.

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"All this because of the political conflict over government posts and we are the poorest people paying the price," said Abu Ebrahem, a village resident, Reuters reported. "They want to agitate sectarian unrest, but they won't succeed."

Just hours after the explosion near Mosul, another car bomb detonated inside of an industrial zone Hillah, a predominantly Shiite town. At least three people were killed and 15 were wounded, the AP reported.

The area has many members of the Shabak community living there, which are a group of ethnic Turkomen and Shiite Muslims. They have resettled there after being driven out of Mosul a few years ago during sectarian conflict, the BBC reported.

As tensions rise between Sunnis and Shiites in Iraq, a warrant for the arrest of Iraq’s most senior Sunni politician, Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi, for terrorism, the BBC reported. He denies any accusations against him.

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