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Wave Of Car Bombs In Iraq Kills At Least 30

A wave of car bombs across central and southern Iraq has killed at least 30 people and wounded dozens.

The blasts early on June 16 struck predominantly Shi'ite areas.

The deadliest attack occurred in the central city of Kut where at least seven people were killed and around 20 were injured.

Officials said car bombs went off also in the cities of Aziziyah, Mahmudiyah, Nasiriyah, and Basra.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

There has been a spike in attacks in Iraq since the beginning of the year, coinciding with rising discontent among the Sunni Arab minority against what it says is discrimination by the Shi'ite-led government.

The bloodshed has raised fears of a return to the sectarian violence that left thousands of Iraqis dead in 2006-07.

Based on reporting by AFP and Reuters