Wave of violence kills 41 in Iraq

Baghdad, Sep 30 : At least 41 people were killed and 151 wounded in a wave of bombings in Iraq Monday, mainly targeting busy areas across the national capital Baghdad.

Thirteen car bombs ripped through eight Shiite-majority and two Sunni-majority districts in Baghdad, Xinhua reported citing an interior ministry source.

In Baghdad's Shaab district, three car bombs detonated in separate places killing five people and wounding 30 others, the source said.

Nine people were killed and 25 wounded when two more car bombs went off in Baghdad's northern district of Kadhmiyah, the source added.

Another car bomb struck a wholesale market at the Shiite bastion of Sadr City district in eastern Baghdad, killing six people and wounding 10 others, he said.

A car bomb was detonated in New Baghdad district, killing four people and wounding 10 others, while another car bomb exploded in the northern suburb of Sabie al-Bour, killing three people and wounding 13, the source added.

One more car bomb struck the eastern al-Baladiyat district and killed a civilian and wounded nine, he said, adding that a 10th car bomb hit the Shiite district of Shulla in the northwestern part of Baghdad, killing four people and wounding 14.

Furthermore, two car bombs went off at the predominantly Sunni districts of Ghazaliyah and Jamia in the capital, killing four people and wounding 22 others.

Another booby-trapped car hit Baiyaa district in southern part of the capital and killed a civilian and wounded five people.

A roadside bomb went off near a police patrol in Fallujah city, some 50 km west of here, killing a police commando and wounding three others, including an officer, a police source said.

A soldier was killed and three wounded in another roadside bomb explosion near their patrol in Baiji city, some 200 km north of Baghdad, a local police source said.

In Iraq's eastern province of Diyala, a sticky bomb attached to the car of an official in the provincial education department detonated in the provincial capital city of Baquba, some 65 km northeast of Baghdad, killing him and wounding his sons and a bodyguard, a provincial police source said.

A policeman was killed and five others got injured when a roadside bomb struck their bus near a village located some 10 km north of Baquba, the source said.

The attacks came a day after a wave of insurgent attacks that killed 55 people and wounded some 135 others across Iraq, including the relatively calm autonomous region of Kurdistan in northern part of the country.

Iraq is witnessing its worst eruption of violence in recent years, which raises fears that the country is sliding back to the full-blown civil conflict that peaked in 2006 and 2007 when monthly death toll sometimes exceeded 3,000.

The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq said earlier this month that almost 5,000 civilians were killed and 12,000 others injured in Iraq from January to August this year.

--IANS (Posted on 30-09-2013)

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