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Deadly Bombings Target Iraq's Sunni Muslims


People gather at the site of the bomb attacks in Baquba.

People gather at the site of the bomb attacks in Baquba.

More than 75 people have been killed and dozens more wounded in attacks apparently targeting Sunni Muslims in Iraq.

In Baquba, north of Baghdad, at least 41 people were killed and more than 50 others wounded by two bombs detonated outside a Sunni mosque on May 17.

In Madain, south of the capital, a bomb targeting a Sunni funeral killed at eight people.

Around 20 people were also killed in a bombing in Baghdad’s mainly Sunni neighborhood of Amariyah.

Another explosion struck a coffee shop the predominantly Sunni city of Fallujah, west of Baghdad, killing two people.

The country has seen a sharp increase in sectarian violence in recent weeks.

On May 15 and 16, a wave of bombings that targeted Shi’a killed more than 50 people.

The spike in violence comes amid growing tensions between Iraq's Sunni Muslims and the Shi'ite-led government.

Sunni Muslims accuse Prime Minister Nuri al-Malilki's government of marginalizing and persecuting their minority community.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP
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