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At Least 14 Killed, Scores Hurt In Baghdad Bombings


A wounded soldier stands near the remains of a vehicle used in a bomb attack in Sadr city in northeastern Baghdad on January 24.

A wounded soldier stands near the remains of a vehicle used in a bomb attack in Sadr city in northeastern Baghdad on January 24.

Reports from the Iraqi capital say at least four bombs have exploded in mainly Shi'ite Muslim areas, killing at least 13 people and wounding more than 70.

The attacks come amid a political crisis pitting the Shi'ite-led government against the largest Sunni-backed political bloc.

In the deadliest of the January 24 attacks, a bomb hit a group of day laborers waiting for jobs in the Sadr City area, killing at least eight people and wounding more than 20.

Minutes later, a car bomb blew up at an intersection nearby.

Later in the morning, two more car bombs detonated in Shi'ite neighborhoods in the north of the city.

The political standoff has raised concerns about renewed sectarian strife, one month after the United States withdrew its last remaining troops from Iraq.

compiled from Reuters reports
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