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Dozens killed in Iraq car bomb attacks in Shia areas

8 February 2013

At least 26 people have been killed and more than 80 injured in a spate of car bombings in mainly Shia areas of Iraq, local officials say.

They say 16 people died in twin explosions at a market in a northern district of the capital Baghdad.

An hour later, 10 people were killed in two near-simultaneous blasts in Hilla, 100km (60 miles) south of Baghdad.

Sunni insurgents linked to al-Qaeda have been blamed for much of the recent violence across Iraq.

Rising tensions

The two bombs were set off just after 09:00 local time (06:00 GMT) at the packed bird market in Baghdad's Khadimiya district, the officials say.

The first bomb exploded at the main entrance, and as panicked crowds tried to flee the area, the second device went off.

More than 40 people were injured in the attacks.

Later on Friday, a car bomb exploded at the main bus stop in Hilla, Babylon province, killing at least 10 people. The second blast targeted a local market.

In all, about 40 people were injured.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for Friday's bombings.

The bombings are the latest in a series of deadly attacks in Iraqi cities that have left scores of people dead since the beginning of the year.

They also come amid rising tensions between the majority Shia and minority Sunni communities.


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