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Iraq: Bomb attacks leave 25 dead in Baghdad

At least two dozen are dead after a series of bomb attacks in Baghdad on Wednesday.

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An Iraqi policeman and civilian inspect the site of a car bomb attack that took place the previous day in Baghdad's district of Sadr City on April 16, 2013. Dozens of attacks across Iraq, including a brazen car bombing on the way to Baghdad airport, struck just days before the country's first elections since US troops withdrew. (AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

At least 25 people are dead after a series of bomb attacks in Baghdad on Wednesday.

In the southern area of the city, 16 people were killed and another 40 injured when a car bomb exploded during a wedding party.

Nine people were also killed and 15 injured when two more bombs detonated in west Baghdad.

Another 66 people were killed on Monday by car bombs in Baghdad, thought to be targeting Shiite-majority areas of the city, including the outskirts of Sadr City.

Tension between Shiite Muslims and Sunnis has been growing since last year, and Sunnis have accused the government of discriminating against them. The government has denied the accusations.

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According to the UN, more than 700 people were killed in April, making it the deadliest month in Baghdad in almost five years.

May's death toll sits at an estimated 450.

Iraq's recent wave of violence — the worst it has seen since American troops left in late 2011 — has caused concerns of another civil war surfacing.

"We have major concerns. Because what is going on now is the same that led to what happened in 2006," head of the political bureau of the Asaib Ahl al-Haq group Adnan Faihan told the Associated Press. "We are ready for it and we are ready to protect our people."

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