Explosions across Baghdad kill at least 38 people

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Bombs exploded across the Iraqi capital, killing at least 38 people, police said, militants pursued a campaign to provoke intercommunal conflict.

Eight of the 10 blasts in Baghdad were in mainly Shiite districts, but there was also an explosion in a mixed area and another in the predominantly Sunni Muslim neighborhood of Doura.

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

Separately, four members of a government-backed 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.

A surge of violence has killed more than 6,000 people across Iraq this year, reversing a decline in sectarian bloodshed that reached a climax in 2006-07.

The al Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claimed responsibility on Sunday for a rare bomb attack in the usually peaceful Kurdistan region last month.

At least six people were killed when militants tried to storm the headquarters of the security services in the Kurdish capital Arbil on September 29, the first big attack there since 2007.

By Tasnim News Agency


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