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Wave Of Deadly Bombings Hits Baghdad's Shi'ite Neighborhoods

Bombings Across Baghdad Kill More Than 50i
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August 28, 2013
A series of bombings across the Iraqi capital has killed at least 66 people and wounded more than 100. Most of the bombings targeted Shi'ite-majority areas of the city. (Reuters)

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A wave of bombings has torn through Shi'ite neighborhoods across Baghdad, reportedly killing at least 66 people and wounding more than 200 more.

Areas targeted early on August 28 included markets, parking lots, and restaurants in the neighborhoods of Kazimiyah, Al-Sadr City, Shaab, Shula, Jamila, and Mahmudiyah.

The worst attack was in Kazimiya, a neighborhood in northern Baghdad with an important Shi'ite mosque and shrine.

Authorities say several explosions there killed at least five people and wounded about 30.

Gunmen also raided the home of a Shi'ite family, killing seven people as they slept.

The violence extends the worst wave of bloodshed in Iraq since 2008, raising fears about a relapse toward the widespread sectarian killings of 2006-07.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the August 28 attacks.

Iraq's Interior Ministry said the attacks were a "terrorist explosion," suggesting Sunni Muslim insurgents in the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq may have been involved.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AP, and AFP

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