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Bombings in Iraqi capital leave 23 dead

Baghdad, Oct 7 (EFE).- At least 23 people died on Monday and more than 70 were wounded in a series of car-bomb attacks in mainly Shi'ite areas of Baghdad, a source within the Iraqi Interior Ministry told Efe. The blasts occurred at markets and along streets of shops the day after 27 people died and 125 were wounded in several attacks on Shi'ites in the capital and northern Iraq. A car bomb and a homemade bomb detonated simultaneously in a market in the Al Husseiniya zone in northern Baghdad killing five people and wounding 20.

Iraqi helicopter shot down as 18 killed nationwide

Militants shot down an Iraqi military helicopter on Wednesday, killing four security forces members, as at least 14 people died in other violence, officials said. The helicopter was shot down during a large-scale operation against militants in a desert area west of Baiji, north of Baghdad, killing two crew members and two soldiers who were on board, army officers said. Helicopters are periodically hit by gunfire during operations, including one last month in which a pilot was wounded.

Eight killed as militants attack police in Iraq

Attacks on two police stations and a local official's house northwest of Baghdad killed eight people on Tuesday, seven of them policemen, officers and doctors said. Militants attacked police stations in the towns of Rawa and Aana near the highway to Syria in Anbar province, and also killed the brother of a local official, the sources said. Militants including those linked to Al-Qaeda frequently target Iraqi security forces and other government employees.

Attacks leave 13 dead, 28 wounded in Iraq

Baghdad, Aug 13 (EFE).- At least 13 people were killed and 28 others wounded in a series of attacks Tuesday on the security forces and Shiites in Iraq, police spokesmen told Efe. A car bombing in Al-Mada'in, a town located 30 kilometers (18 miles) south of Baghdad, killed at least five Shiites and wounded 15 others near a mosque. The bomb was detonated as Shiite worshippers emerged from the mosque after noon prayers.

56 dead as Iraqis mark end to deadly Ramadan

Car bombs ripped through Baghdad cafes and markets while blasts and shootings struck elsewhere on Saturday, killing 56 people as Iraqis marked the end of their deadliest Ramadan in years. The attacks were the latest in spiralling violence that authorities have failed to stem, with the worst bloodshed in five years raising worries of a return to all-out Sunni-Shiite sectarian conflict that killed tens of thousands in past years.

Iraqis slam government over deadly wave of bombings

Iraqis roundly condemned the authorities on Sunday for failing to prevent a wave of deadly violence including attacks that killed dozens of people the day before. Another five people were killed in bombings on Sunday as the country struggles against a surge in violence that has plagued it since the beginning of the year. More than 530 people have been killed in attacks so far this month, and almost 2,800 since January 1, making it the worst year since 2008, according to AFP figures based on security and medical sources. On Sunday, the death toll continued to mount.

Wave of bombings kills 65 in Baghdad province

A wave of bombings killed 65 people in Baghdad province on Saturday night, officials said, as Iraq struggles to contain its worst violence since 2008, in which over 520 have died this month. Twelve car bombs and a roadside bomb hit the city of Baghdad, while another bomb exploded in Madain to the south of the capital, a police colonel and a medical official said. The blasts also wounded 190 people. The bombs struck as Baghdad residents turned out to shop and relax in cafes after iftar, the meal that breaks the daily fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

11 killed in twin Iraq suicide bombings

Two suicide bombers blew themselves up inside a tent packed with protesters in north Iraq on Tuesday, killing at least 11 people and wounding 55 others, officials said. The attackers struck at around mid-day in the ethnically-mixed town of Tuz Khurmatu, interim town mayor Talib al-Bayati said. A doctor confirmed the toll. Among the dead were a former deputy provincial governor and his two sons, as well as a former provincial councillor. The protesters had been rallying over poor security in the town, which is regularly hit with attacks.

Eight killed in Iraq attacks on eve of polls

Mortars and a bombing north of Baghdad killed eight people on Friday, on the eve of Iraq's first polls since US troops withdrew and a day after a blast in a cafe in the capital left 27 dead. Four mortars struck the Abu Tamur mosque in the town of Khales, which lies in restive Diyala province, as worshippers were departing following mid-day Friday prayers, a police colonel and a doctor said. The mortars killed seven people and wounded 12 others, they said.

At least 27 dead, 50 wounded in Baghdad bomb blast

Baghdad, Apr 19 (EFE).- At least 27 people were killed and 50 others were wounded Thursday when a bomb exploded inside a building housing a restaurant, a coffee shop and a game arcade in Baghdad, police told Efe. According to police sources, the attack took place in the Ameriya district in the western part of the capital, when the area was full of people. Among the victims are many women and children, the sources said, adding that the building was seriously damaged in the blast.
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