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U.S. Condemns Latest Iraq Bloodshed

The site of a recent car bomb attack in Baghdad's Kadhimiya district
The United States has condemned the latest bloodshed in Iraq.

More than 50 people were reported killed on September 30 in a series of blasts, mainly car bombs that were detonated in Shi’ite-majority areas in and around Baghdad.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki called the violence "detestable and disgraceful." She added: "The terrorists who committed those attacks are a shared enemy of the United States, Iraq, and the international community."

Sunni militants are suspected of carrying out the attacks in a bid to instigate a return to large-scale sectarian conflict with Iraq’s Shi’ite majority. Members of the Sunni community accuse the Shi’ite-led government of discrimination.

More than 4,500 people have been killed in attacks in Iraq since April, according to a tally by The Associated Press.

Based on reporting by AFP, dpa, and AP