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Deadly Car Bombs Hit Iraqi Shi’ite Mosques

Iraqi police say a series of car bombs near Shi’ite mosques in two cities have killed at least 13 people attending Friday Prayers on March 29.

About 100 people were reported wounded in the blasts, which struck within an hour of each other in four Baghdad neighborhoods, as well as in the northern city of Kirkuk.

There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the attacks.

Sunni militants linked to Al-Qaeda frequently target Shi’ite Muslims, whom they regard as supporters of the Shi’ite-led government.

Violence in Iraq is has declined since it peaked in 2006 and 2007 although attacks are still common.

According to the AFP news agency, 256 people were killed in violence in Iraq this month, the highest monthly toll since August last year.

Based on reporting by AFP, Reuters, and dpa

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