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Bombings Kill Dozens Around Baghdad

Posted by on December 8, 2013

BAGHDAD — A series of attacks on Sunday against markets, shopping areas and auto repair shops in largely Shiite neighborhoods of Baghdad killed at least 45 people and wounded dozens more, the police and medical officials said.

Iraq is experiencing a protracted wave of sectarian violence that has increased since the American military withdrawal in 2011, a level of strife not seen since 2006 and 2007. More than 8,000 Iraqis have been killed so far this year, according to the United Nations.

The first bombing on Sunday hit the Amil neighborhood in western Baghdad around 7:30 a.m. in a crowded shopping district near a bus stop, killing at least six people and wounding 19 others.

Later, a car bomb exploded on a street filled with factories and car repair shops in Baya, a neighborhood in southwestern Baghdad, killing seven people and wounding 20, the police said.

“I got in a car accident and I came here to fix my car, but now my car is more damaged and I am wounded,” said Saad al-Temimi, who was being treated for injuries suffered in the Baya explosion. “Now I need to fix myself and the car. I hate Sundays, and I hate myself being here!”

Other bombings struck markets in the largely Shiite neighborhoods of Karada, Ghadir, Husseiniya, Sadr City, Sab al-Bor and Al Ameen al-Thaniya, killing 26 people and wounding more than 59, the police and medical workers said.

A bomb exploded on a main road in Radhwaniya, a Sunni neighborhood in western Baghdad, killing two people and wounding eight, the police said.

On Sunday afternoon, a roadside bomb went off on the main road in Taji, in northern Baghdad, that links the capital to Iraq’s northern provinces. The bomb exploded near a car repair shop, killing four people and wounding dozens.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Sunday’s violence, but insurgents, many of them with links to Al Qaeda, have frequently attacked civilians in an effort to undermine the Shiite-led government.

Speaking at a graduation ceremony for new security officers, Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki said that “the time of militias and gangs is over” and that the government would continue to fight the insurgents, down to “the last rebel.”

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