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Curfew imposed in Pakistan city after sectarian violence

A curfew has been imposed in Rawalpindi, a city just south of Islamabad, till midnight Saturday after sectarian clashes between Shiite and Sunni Muslims in which at least ten people were killed and at least forty injured, administration officials said. A spokesman of the Punjab government in Lahore said that curfew has been imposed on the recommendation of the commissioner and police chief of Rawalpindi who had reported high tension in several parts of the city.

Iraq attacks kill 11 people ahead of Shiite pilgrimage

Attacks in Iraq, including a car bomb targeting Shiite Muslims, killed 11 people on Thursday, officials said, just a week ahead of a major annual Shiite pilgrimage. The violence follows the start of the Islamic new year and as Shiite Muslims converge on the shrine city of Karbala, south of Baghdad, for commemoration ceremonies. The bloodshed is the latest in Iraq's worst violence since 2008, with more than 5,500 people dead this year despite tightened security measures and a swathe of operations against militants.

Wave of bombings kills nine in Iraq

More than a dozen bombs exploded in Iraq on Sunday, killing at least nine people and wounding more than 70 others, officials said, as the death toll for 2013 nears 5,000. Ten car bombs and three roadside bombs hit eight different areas of Iraq, seven of them south of Baghdad. In the deadliest single attack, a car bomb exploded near a bus station in the city of Kut, killing four people and wounding 15, police and medical personnel said.

Iraq car bomb targeting shoppers kills 13

A car bomb exploded in a crowded street in a city north of the Iraqi capital on Saturday, killing 13 people and wounding 32, police and a doctor said. The dead included seven women and a six-year-old child, the doctor said. The blast in Samarra came as people shopped ahead of Eid al-Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice, which begins on Tuesday. It is the biggest Muslim holiday of the year. Militants seeking to cause maximum casualties frequently bomb places in Iraq where crowds of people gather, including shopping districts, markets, cafes and mosques.

Baghdad area car bombs kill at least 47

Twelve car bombs, mainly targeting Shiite-majority areas of Baghdad province, killed at least 47 people and wounded more than 140 on Monday, security and medical officials said. The blasts are the latest in a string of sectarian attacks in central Iraq that have raised the spectre of a return to the all-out Sunni-Shiite conflict that peaked in 2006-2007 and killed tens of thousands of people. The bombs hit nine different areas, six of them Shiite-majority, one confessionally mixed and two Sunni-majority.

Baghdad area car bombs kill at least 30

Nine car bombs mainly targeting Shiite-majority areas of Baghdad province killed at least 30 people and wounded more than 100 on Monday, security and medical officials said. The bombs hit eight different areas, six of them Shiite-majority, one confessionally mixed and another Sunni-majority. The deadliest was in Shuala, a mainly Shiite area of north Baghdad, where a car bomb killed six people and wounded at least 14.

Car bombs kill nine in Baghdad province

Car bombs mainly targeting Shiite-majority areas of Baghdad province killed at least nine people and wounded more than 50 on Monday, security and medical officials said. The bombs struck four Shiite-majority areas of the Iraqi capital and a confessionally mixed area just to its north, the officials said. The deadliest attack was in the Sadr City area of north Baghdad, where a car bomb killed at least three people and wounded at least 10.

Suicide bomber kills 24 at Iraq Shiite mosque

A suicide bomber targeted mourners at a Shiite mosque south of Baghdad Sunday, killing 24 people, police and a doctor said, the latest in a series of attacks on funerals. The blast, which collapsed the roof of Al-Hussein Mosque in the Musayyib area, also wounded 27 people. The bombing is just the latest in a series of sectarian attacks on mosques and funerals in central Iraq that have raised the spectre of a return to the all-out Sunni-Shiite violence that peaked in 2006-2007 and killed tens of thousands of people.

Bombs targeting Sunni worshippers kill six in Baghdad

Two bombs exploded near Sunni mosques in the Iraqi capital as worshippers left after Friday prayers, killing at least six people, as four more died in other attacks, officials said. The bombs -- one near a mosque in the Dura area and the second in Jihad -- also wounded at least 22 people. The blasts were the latest in a series of sectarian attacks in the city, coming exactly a week after two bombs in a Sunni mosque north of the capital killed 18 people.

Bombs targeting Sunni worshippers kill six in Baghdad

Two bombs exploded near Sunni mosques in the Iraqi capital as worshippers left after Friday prayers, killing at least six people, as one more died in another attack, officials said. The bombs -- one near a mosque in the Dura area and the second in Jihad -- also wounded at least 22 people. The blasts were the latest in a series of sectarian attacks in the city, coming a week after two bomb explosions in a Sunni mosque north of the capital killed 18 people.
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